KOTA KINABALU, Sept 9, 2015:
After months of being closed for upgrading works, the Padang Merdeka is now ready to relive the 1963 moment when a nation called Malaysia was formed on that very field.
Works are in progress to prepare the area for the 52nd anniversary of Malaysia, which would witness three leaders signing a document, to commemorate the nation’s birth.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak would be joined by Chief Ministers of Sabah and Sarawak — Datuk Seri Musa Aman and Tan Sri Adenan Satem, respectively, in signing the document, which would later be kept for the future generation’s reference.
Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun, who would be co-organising the historical event with Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak, said the document would later be handed to the National Archive Department for safekeeping.
“The signed document would serve like a diary entry of Malaysia’s anniversary. I believe it’s the moment that is significant, not the book (document). What we are aiming for is actually to instill patriotism among Malaysians,” he said during a press conference, here, today.
He said the whole event was meant as a reminder for Malaysians in Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak to solidify relations between the three regions.
Scores of programmes have been lined up for the Malaysia Day celebration with performances to take off from 4pm onwards.
“The Padang Merdeka’s capacity is 5,000 but we expect the number of attendees would double. We are ready for big crowds with a good view of the events and performances that would see a mix of modern and traditional performances, and performers involving all ages”
Apart from the joint signing of the document, other highlights would be the acknowledgement to those born on Sept 16 on different years and also a tribute to mountain guides as well as those involved in the Kelantan floods and fishermen, to mention a few, for their invaluable contribution to the country.
“We want to celebrate what the country has done well, irrespective of what happened, we are proud of the country and what they have achieved.