Wednesday, May 28, 2008


Ministry urged to telecast Nation Narration live


Bingkor Assemblyman Justin Guka yesterday urged the Information Ministry to telecast the Nation Narration (Pengisahan Kenegaraan) live on radio and television so that people throughout the country can focus on historical events in the State. He said through this effort, people from Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia could learn about the struggles of prominent Sabahan leaders for the State’s independence. “I believe through live telecast the people from Peninsular States, including Sarawak, can identify more closely with the independence struggles of leaders from this State,” he said in his speech during the Upper Interior Nation Narration competition held at the multi-purpose hail in Gerakan Daya Wawasan Kampung Kota Ayangan here. His text was read by District Officer Zulkifli Nasir. Guka said the young generation should be given exposure to the struggles of prominent leaders in the country when they fought against colonialism and strived for independence. Justin believed through narration, the work of people like Datuk Mat Kilau, Tok Janggut, Datuk Paduka Mat Salleh, Tun Sambathan, Tan Sri Tan Chin Loke, Tun Mustapha, Datuk GS Sundang, Datuk Seri Panglima Ontoros will be better understood and appreciated. He hoped through the Nation Narration competition, Malaysians will be able to focus on the history and struggles of the leaders and their experience can be used by future generation as reference towards strengthening and maintaining the progress which they have enjoyed throughout the 51 years of independence. Kustin Ladi from Keningau emerged the champion in the competition and will represent Upper Interior in the State-level Nation Narration to be held at Nabawan district on June 6 and 7. The second and third places were won by Salmiah and Jaisah Jahadi from Tenom, and Jainah Matui and Susiah Petrus from Nabawan respectively. All the prizes were presented by Zulkifli. Also present at the event were State Komuniti Bestari Assistant Director Harun Madasa, District Chief OKK Mohd Amir Datuk Arif, Upper Interior Information Department Acting Chief Ramawie Haji Bakni and Organizing Deputy Chairman Rufus Gahim.