KOTA KINABALU: Sabah head-of-state Tun Juhar Mahiruddin’s 68th official birthday was grandly celebrated by the public.
Prior to his official birthday on Oct 2, Tun Juhar was also granted 13 cakes at Istana Seri Kinabalu.
Among them was a 100-kilogramme of cake with a shape of the Mount Kinabalu by Sabah International Convention Centre.
Another masterpiece by Hyatt Regency Kinabalu hotel was a 80-kg cake with the concept of Tun Juhar’s hobbies in the form of motorcycle, piano, guitar and golf that took about two weeks to be completed.
This year, the state awards recipients doubled to 1,299 from 682 in the previous year. Among who received those awards were former prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s wife Noorainee Abdul Rahman and former national badminton champion Datuk Lee Chong Wei.
On Oct 16, he was accompanied by about 300 cyclists riding 15-kilometres of return trip from Kota Kinabalu City Hall to Menara Kinabalu.
Those cakes were distributed to welfare houses, orphanages and old folk homes around the city.
Sabah Museum Department held Sabah TYT’s Special Arts Exhibition
This year, 50 artworks of different media and techniques are on display at the Sabah Museum Department and its social media, including six which are being animated using special audio and visual effects.
It is learned that Tun Juhar had produced most of those masterpieces during the Movement Control Order in 2020.
Tun Juhar also launched inaugural Sabah Ethnics Day in conjunction with birthday.
The celebration on Oct 23 was organised by Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment minister through Sabah Tourism Board at Hilton hotel, Kota Kinabalu.
Themed as “Bahasa Etnik- Bahasa ku, Nadi Budaya ku”, it is in line for Sabah to ready to be part of “International Decade of The World’s Indigenous Language (DILA 2022- 2032)”.
The programme involved 89 associations from across the state to usher in the unique and cultural diversity in Sabah.
Sabah has more than 30 ethnics that use more than 50 languages and less than 90 dialects.