MIRI: A total of 105 contingents as well as people from various walks of life braved the scorching sun to celebrate the 83rd birthday of Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud here yesterday.
The arrival of His Excellency and wife Toh Puan Raghad Kurdi Taib was greeted by cannon gun shots, followed by the singing of the state anthem ‘Ibu Pertiwiku’ by the contingents and all those present.
The grand occasion also saw the presence of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and his wife Datuk Amar Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang, deputy chief ministers Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan and wife Datuk Dayang Morliah Awang Daud and Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and wife Datin Amar Doreen Mayang; Minister of Transport Datuk Lee Kim Shin and wife Datin Kong Shui Lin; and Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Integrity and Ombudsman) Datuk Talib Zulpilip and wife Datin Dr Zaliha Abdullah, other ministers, assistant ministers and guests at the Miri Stadium where it was held.
The celebration then proceeded with the inspection of the Guard of Honour and the contingents by Taib, accompanied by Abang Johari.
This was followed by a colourful march-past and parade by the contingents and the colourful yet fun dance performances and a short sketch ‘Ragam P. Ramlee’ that created a more relaxed and joyous ambience among the attendees.
After the Chief Minister delivered his speech, the programme continued with the chanting of ‘Dirgahayu’ by all the contingents before proceeding to the cake-cutting ceremony.
After the parade, hundreds of red and white balloons were released to the air followed by the colourful smokes that concluded the grand ceremony.