KUCHING: A convoy of 120 vehicles showcased the spirit of patriotism from Tasik Biru all the way to the city in conjunction with the Unity Roadshow yesterday.
Organised by National Unity and Integration Department, the convoy was part of the roadshow and ‘Fly Jalur Gemilang’ programme to celebrate Malaysia Day.
The convoy was flagged-off by Mas Gading MP Mordi Bimol in Tasik Biru, Bau at 7.30am and concluded at Mydin Petra Jaya at around 10am.
According to National Unity and Integration Department Sarawak director Dirwana Azool, the number of vehicles participating in the convoy has increased.
“This is an annual programme which the department has been organising for nearly 20 years to cultivate patriotism among the local community.
“Last year, we had 78 vehicles and this year’s 120 is the most number of participants in our history,” he said before Padungan assemblyman Wong King Wei who represented Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Chong Chieng Jen closed the programme.
Dirwana pointed out that all divisions across Sarawak – from Lawas to Kuching – were involved in the programme.
“We also engage neighbourhood watch committees (KRT). Over 1,000 of them join us in flying ‘Jalur Gemilang’ (national flags).
“There are eight more days before the celebration of Malaysia Day. I hope all of you will continue flying our national colours,” he added.
Dirwana also extended appreciation to other agencies such as the Information Department and the Federal Secretary’s Office for their collaboration in organising the programme.
Staff of National Unity and Integration Department Sarawak and members of the public made the closing ceremony memorable with many seen wearing ‘Jalur Gemilang’ and cheering as prizes were presented to winners of ‘Best Dressed Individual’, ‘Most Decorated Vehicles’ and a lucky draw.
Among those present were Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii and Puncak Borneo MP Willie Mongin.