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Re: NATIONAL DAY IN KUCHING
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Yeah it says 3 'Merdeka' though. Hate to see Singapore's part, I cannot believe they had gone to this current level for leaving Malaysia.

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By JACK WONG
Resource from The Star


The reason was simple: Sarawak was then still under the British rule.

“Sarawakians knew little about Malaya’s independence. Nobody seemed to understand the meaning of independence,” recalled Sarawak’s first Dayak Senator Andrew Jika Landau, 89.

The former police inspector said only a few Sarawakians, including police superintendent Abang Mustapha Abang Moasili, were invited by Tunku Abdul Rahman to attend the proclamation of Malaya’s independence on Aug 31, 1957 in Kuala Lumpur.

Sarawakians could not follow that historic event as there was no television station to provide the news coverage.

“And very few Sarawakians owned the radio. In those days, to tune in to the radio channels, people had to put up the aerials with bamboo sticks. The radio broadcast time was limited,” Jika said in an interview recently.

Jika: 'We saw development going on in various states and there was much improvement int the livelihood of the people.'
KUCHING: When the shouts of “Merdeka” rang out across states in the peninsula 49 years ago, Sarawakians were oblivious to the significance of Malaya becoming an independent nation.


He said Malaya’s independence was, however, an inspiration for Sarawakians to fight for their independence from the colonial government.

The struggle for Sarawak’s independence started after the formation of political movement, Parti Negara Sarawak (Panas), in 1960.

“After we formed the party, eight of us were invited by the Tunku to travel to states in Malaya to see what was happening there after independence.

“We saw development going on in various states and there was much improvement in the livelihood of the people.

“When we returned, we said we wanted to achieve independence for Sarawak,”‘ added Jika, one of the party founders.

He said the colonial government spent money to repair and rebuild infrastructure and facilities damaged during the Japanese occupation and little on development.

Sarawak, Sabah, Singapore and Malaya formed the federation of Malaysia when the Malaysia Ag-reement was signed on Sept 16, 1963. Singapore later left Malaysia.

Sarawak, has since joined states in the peninsula and Sabah in celebrating the country’s independence day, hosted the national-level Merdeka Day parade last Thursday.

The Tunku appointed Jika as a Senator in 1964 and he served the post for eight years.

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Merdeka nite fireworks...sorry ar video not very good


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Edited by webmaster on 2006/9/5 22:31:52
Edited by webmaster on 2006/9/5 22:33:00
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Re: NATIONAL DAY IN KUCHING
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Great source webbie.

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not me, edwinlgk posted it

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nice video. I only heard the boom boom boom echo but did not go out of the house to see it.

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Yes, we shout 7 times because TAR shouted it 7 times, so then the question is, why did he shout it 7 times?

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to compete with them or is it suppose to be 7 times? lol

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Cause its 1957

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KiLL HAnnAH wrote:
Yes, we shout 7 times because TAR shouted it 7 times, so then the question is, why did he shout it 7 times?



Probably he became hoarse & lost his voice after 7 shouts. Understand he must have spoken volumes leading up to the big day. Or maybe he was simply on cloud 9 and in 7th heaven!!

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