Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s official 81st birthday bash, held at the Celebration Square at Sarawak Stadium, celebrated the TYT who is the longest-serving public leader both in Sarawak and the whole of Malaysia.
In paying tribute to the Yang Dipertua Negeri, Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said, “The position of His Excellency as the Head of State is not a mere figurehead like we used to make it out to be.
Our Head of State is an institution which is not separate from our effort in pursuit of development in Sarawak. Our Head of State has been our constant guide and counsel in our continuous pursuit of progress and advancement. The institution of our TYT has played no small role in bringing about unity, harmony and prosperity to Sarawak.”
SAINS was proud to be part of the parade of 81 contingents composed of ministries, agencies, local authorities, cultural associations, veteran associations and political parties that marched in honour of the TYT.
In addition to the parade of contingents, the celebration included a birthday serenade by Sarawak’s children as well as a slide show of highlights of the TYT’s long career and video greetings from the Chief Minister and various ministers.
The celebration ended with a bang with the release of fireworks and balloons as well as a finale dance number.