Friday, December 4

Bintulu to host M’sia Day do for second time

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Masing (fourth left) fields question from the media during the press conference.

Masing (fourth left) fields question from the media during the press conference.

BINTULU: The national-level Malaysia Day celebration will be held here again tomorrow (Sept 16).

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing said Bintulu was chosen to host it again for the second time due to its strategic location in the central region.

“In terms of accessibility, everyone from other districts and divisions will be able to come and join in the celebration here,” he told a press conference after chairing the main organising committee meeting at Bintulu Resident’s Office yesterday.

Bintulu last hosted the celebration in 2012.

The venue of the celebration here is the old airport. It will be held from 7pm to 10.30pm.

Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and his wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Raghad Kurdi Taib, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi and his wife Datin Sri Hamidah Khamis, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem and his wife Datin Patinggi Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman and his wife Datin Seri Panglima Faridah Tussin will be among those who will attend the event.

RTM1 will broadcast the event ‘live’ from 8pm to 10.30pm.

Prior to the celebration, side activities are being held here on Sept 15 and 16. Among them is a powerboat race at Kemena River.

“Powerboat race will be held here for the first time…something quite new to the locals,” Masing said, adding that the prime minister and other dignitaries were expected to watch the race.