KOTA KINABALU: STAR President Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan has said it is time for Sabah to achieve self-government status.
According to him, Sabah Day, when published in the Gazette, complements Malaysia’s training.
“This will open the door to more opportunities for Sabah in the future and elevate the status of Sabah as a region which was announced by the eighth Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin in Sarawak earlier this year,” Jeffrey added in his recorded speech for the 58th Sabah. Celebration of the day broadcast online using the Zoom app.
The Deputy Chief Minister is very optimistic that Sabah Day will be published in the Official Gazette and will become the official celebration of Sabah from next year.
“The chief minister basically approved the publication in the Sabah Day Gazette, just like the other members of the Cabinet,” he added.
Jeffrey also said the proposal document was being finalized and would be tabled in Cabinet for further action.
Yesterday’s Sabah Day celebration was broadcast live hybrid from the SAPP headquarters in Likas, Kota Kinabalu.
He had to stand virtually due to SOP compliance.
A total of 300 participants participated in the video conference comprising leaders of SAPP, STAR and party members as well as activists from various NGOs such as Mosik, Sorak Sabah, Mondopitan, Padaras and others.
Veteran political figure Datuk Haji Mohd Noor Mansoor called on Sabah rulers to act bolder and immediately realize the dream of publishing on Sabah Day.
“If Sarawak can proudly celebrate July 22 every year since 2016 as Sarawak Day, why not us with Sabah Day,” he said.
The former finance minister in the Berjaya government also called on the people of Sabah to always be united and not to follow an immature political culture.
He also recalled that Malaysia was not formed as a new Federation until September 16, 1963, 58 years ago.
Recalling the events of August 31, 1963, he said that Sir William Goode, Governor of North Borneo (Sabah) issued a declaration regarding Sabah Day, Sabah autonomy and Sabah independence ending rule British.
SAPP Chairman Datuk Yong Teck Lee has high hopes and is confident that Sabah Day is published in the Official Gazette and officially celebrated by the government every August 31st will become a reality.
Yong also expressed his enthusiasm for the positive developments among Sabah residents, legal entities and political leaders who have started to put the hashtag “Sabah Day” in the social media network.
“Sabah Day is our common struggle, 2023 is one of the greatest challenges of celebrating the 60th Diamond Jubilee of Sabah Day. Hopefully we can celebrate it on a large scale all over Sabah, ”he added.
Yong, who is also an appointed state assembly member, called on activists to continue their efforts to educate the community about Sabah’s history and to work hard to promote Sabah Day.
Japiril Suhaimin, the third chairperson organizing the celebration, concluded that the celebration of Sabah Day has proven that SAPP and STAR have always been consistent in their struggle.
He thanked all participants from all over Sabah as well as overseas Sabahans staying in the peninsula.
He added that in addition to participating through the Zoom app, the organizers also shared it via Facebook live.