Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Musical tribute to nation for Malaysia Day gathering

KOTA KINABALU: All eyes will be on the Padang Merdeka here tomorrow evening for the Malaysia Day celebrations.

The Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Ahmadshah Abdullah, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and virtually the whole Federal Cabinet as well as the Chief Ministers of Sabah and Sarawak will be attending the symbolism-filled celebrations to commemorate Malaysia’s 47th birthday.

There will be a 47-minute musical with a cast of 470 who will be performing in front of 12,000 people.

State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said the musical would have three stages that would eventually merge as one to symbolise Sabah, Sarawak and the peninsula coming together as one federation.

Patriotic spirit: Sabah Cultural Board Association members holding up flags during the full-dress rehearsal for the Malaysia Day celebrations at Padang Merdeka in Kota Kinabalu yesterday.
“The musical will also tell the story of how Malaysia was formed,” he said yesterday.

The events at Padang Merdeka will start at about 4pm with entertainment provided by Malaysian artistes like Stacy and Felix.

The main programme would however get underway by 7.30pm. A special gold-coated commemorative book will also make its maiden appearance.

Masidi said Ahmadshah, Najib, De puty Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman and his Sarawak counterpart Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud will be the first signatories of the book which will be kept by the National Archives and would feature in future Malaysia Day celebrations.

Other highlights include the naming of two eminent figures from the peninsula and one each from Sabah and Sarawak who had contributed to the formation of Malaysia.

Meanwhile, opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition will be holding its own Malaysia Day commemoration with a gathering in Keningau town.

*Taken from The Star Online

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