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Saturday, April 23, 2016

July 22 is Sarawak's new public holiday to commemorate independence from British

KUCHING - Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem brought cheer to more than 2 million people in the state when he declared July 22 as a public holiday to commemorate Sarawak's independence from British colonisation.

Adenan made the announcement in front of more than 50,000 people who attended the grand finale of the "Sejiwa, Senada" (One Soul, One Harmony) programme today.

"Today, I would like to declare that July 22 will be observed as a public holiday for Sarawak.

 "The decision was made to recognise and acknowledge the sacrifice and contributions of our ancestors who had fought for Sarawak's independence from the British," said Adenan in his speech.

Adenan, however, did not elaborate on when the decision will take effect.

The New Straits Times, however, learned that July 22 would be observed as a public holiday beginning this year.

At the same event, Adenan also shared with the crowd the highlight of the 53 principles and action adopted by the state administration under his leadership to prosper and uphold the dignity of Sarawak.

Adenan, who will be defending his Tanjung Datu seat in the polls, also reiterated his appealed for the people award him with a stronger mandate.

He also noted that he would not back down from his bid to seek greater empowerment for Sarawak under negotiation over devolution of powers between the Federal and state government, and the ongoing negotiation for Sarawak to gain more benefits from its oil and gas industry.

"Let us work together during the state election to see what is wrong and right. "Let us stay united and remain in unison to fight for a greater Sarawak."

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