Published on: Friday, September 06, 2013
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said Sept 16 will remind Malaysians on the merger of "equally contributing" entities - Sabah, Sarawak and the peninsula - towards the progress of Malaysia.
"This is not about saying that the peninsula has contributed more, but also Sabah as equally strong, important and having contributed towards the formation of Malaysia.
"This is the most important aspect which needs to be reminded - the presence of Sabah and Sarawak to form Malaysia in 1963 is an important aspect towards the creation of this nation," he said during his visit to celebration site, here, Thursday.
He said he is relatively happy with the progress of the Malaysia Day 50th and Sabah 50th Anniversary within Malaysia celebrations work at the Prince Phillip Park in Tanjung Aru.
Shabery noted that the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will also be present during the event and would officiate the Tg Aru Eco Park Development Project, saying the progress of work had been smooth.
He said the celebration will be a "unique affair" as 50,000 visitors are expected before a "relaxed beach" setting with the Eco Park's replica of native houses, signifying the characters of locals who are living in peace, prosperity and respectful of one another.
He added the ongoing Tg Aru Eco Park will also be a boon to visitors in the future and will make the location unique to visitors.
"As I understand it, these representatives come from various corporate sectors and also from other countries.
These representatives are the ones who can make decisions on contributions which can help further develop the eco-park," he said.
Shabery said the expenses for the programme had come largely from the State Government, with assistance from the Federal Government, adding that the same mechanism had been applied to other states.
He said details of the expenses would be revealed after the event.