KUCHING: The 'Sarawak Ibu Pertiwiku' – an exhibition being held at a shopping centre here for a week from today, in conjunction with this year's Sarawak Independence Day celebration – depicts the history of Sarawak during the Brunei empire up to the present time.
The exhibition is among the programmes being drawn up for the Sarawak Independence Day which is celebrated on July 22 every year.
Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the people from within and outside the state should not miss the opportunity to visit the educational exhibition as it offered various facts on the history of the state.
"The exhibition is organised by the Sarawak Day management committee and in collaboration with Pustaka Negeri Sarawak.
"It is aimed at providing better understanding on the history of Sarawak from the early days of the Brunei empire to the Brooke era, as well as in the formation of Malaysia," he said after visiting the exhibition here today.
Earlier, Abang Johari and state Cabinet ministers attended the Sarawak Day 2018 parade at the Celebration Square, Petra Jaya, here which was graced by Sarawak Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud.
On July 22, 1963, Sarawak was granted self government by the British when the first Sarawak cabinet was appointed to administer the state whereby a proclamation was issued to form a new Supreme Council.
The first Sarawak cabinet was led by Datuk Stephen Kalong Ningkan as chief minister and assisted by five ministers, who were responsible for laying the foundation of Sarawak development.
On Sept 15, 1963, at 12.30 pm the last British Governor, Sir Alexander Waddell left the Astana and returning to their homeland. Sarawak participated in the formation of Malaysia with Malaya, North Borneo (Sabah) and Singapore on Sept 16, 1963. - Bernama