Merdeka 2006 Countdown
Its that time of the year again, but this time its much grander...very much pretty much grander. I have been pretty much occupied by the extra duties and I have to admit I just accessed my blog today. Anyway joining the various activities lined up has been quite breath taking and fun as Sarawak attempts to make sure the running of this year's National Level Merdeka Celebration (which Sarawak is hosting) becomes a success. Being part of the nuts and bolts of the State Administration machinery we are assigned those small duties of running around to make sure that the things planned tick like clockwork. Its easier said than done actually because this is something that no one person or one agency or one department can attempt to coordinate alone without full cooperation from everyone. Unless of course everyone that is involved is under your pay and you are equivalent to Steven Spielberg trying to create a movie scene which involve thousands of cast - maybe that will work. After the many uncertainties - the Hands Foot & Mouth Disease and Hazy Days - it came as a relief to the organisers and contractors today when the Malaysian Cabinet gave the green light to proceed with the National Parade in Sarawak. The Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu was quoted in the News Straits Time, "I am confident it will not return" when replying to reporters after chairing the Merdeka Countdown preparations. I hope our Kalimantan neighbours register that in their 'slash and burn' schedule. It is to be a proud moment for Sarawak.
And the colours are stunning even during rehearsals
Preparations are pretty much in the final stages. We will be recieving our final briefings of many briefings already. Let's make this work people and do not forget to fly your Jalur Gemilang Flags! More Merdeka postings to come!