Opposition STAR will celebrate 49 years of 'independence' with a convoy from Tambunan to Keningau and talks on Sabah's true history.
Said STAR deputy chairman Dr Nicholas James Guntobon: “We will commemorate Aug 31 but the festivities will be without joy because people will look at the sad state of affairs inflicted upon Sabah since its independence in 1963.
“Rightly, the Sabah government should celebrate Sabah Independence Day and not bow to the imposition of the celebration of the 55th year of Malayan Independence which has no relevance or meaning for Sabahans.
“It is sad that despite all the recent misgivings and public outcry on the non-recognition of Sabah Independence Day, the Sabah government has failed to listen to the voice of the people and has not taken any positive action to recognise Sabah Independence Day.”
He said it was important that Sabahans are made aware of the actual history of Sabah.
“We must put a stop to the twisting of the historical facts and the political versions spun by certain leaders without consideration of the real and inconvenient truth that Sabah gained its independence in August 1963 and not in 1957,” he said.
He added that as a responsible organisation, Sabah STAR was compelled to put things right regarding Sabah Independence and stop the distortion of facts.
He said the celebrations would kick off with a convoy of vehicles leaving Tambunan at 7.30am on tomorrow to Keningau town, where a parade will be held at the town padang about one hour later.
He said the celebrations will end with a luncheon-cum-Hari Raya open house in Keningau.
Earlier this week, Sabah STAR chairman Jeffrey Kitingan accused the federal government of “alienating” Sabahans and Sarawakians by continuing to impose Malaya’s version of history on them.
He said what was important and relevant to Sabah and Sarawak is their own independence – July 22, 1963 for Sarawak and Aug 31, 1963 for Sabah – and that of Malaysia Day or the formation of Malaysia on Sept 16, 1963.
“This date – Sept 16, 1963 – is the true ‘National Day’ that gives all three territories of Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak, a common identity as Malaysians”, said Jeffrey.