Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Kuching All Set To Explode On Aug 31

KUCHING -- Come Aug 31, Kuching city will explode with pomp and grand funfairs to mark the nation's 49th birthday celebrations.

With the haze diminishing, the city is ready to produce one of the best Merdeka parades that will long be remembered by all Malaysians.

Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, who is currently in Kuching to oversee the massive preparation for the event, is satisfied with the preparations for the celebration and the improving haze condition in the city.

Thick smog that shrouded the skies of Kuching had threatened to spoil the Merdeka party, which is hosted by the Sarawak government this year.

However, changes in wind direction and heavy rainfalls in the past few days in Kuching are clearing away the haze.

"The Merdeka celebration rehearsal today was fantastic...we only need to fine-tune a few minor things. All is set and we are ready to roll," said Rais, who is chairman of the celebration organising committee.

He added that the state government had given its "fullest cooperation" to ensure that the celebration would be a successful one.

Meanwhile, State Public Order and Traffic chief Supt Paul Kundang Atin said several routes in the city would be closed to traffic during the Merdeka party.

He advised the public to use alternative routes on Aug 30 and 31.

The roads to be closed on Aug 30 are Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, Jalan MacDougall, Jalan Wawasan, Jalan Lebuh Wayang, Jalan Gambir, Jalan Lebuh Power (taxi station) and Jalan Khoo Hung Yeang.

On Aug 31, Jalan Badruddin, Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, Jalan Sentral, Jalan Park Lane, Jalan Crookshank, Jalan Budaya, Jalan McDougall, Jalan Reservoir, Jalan Wawasan, Jalan Main Bazaar, Lebuh Wayang, Jalan Satok, Jalan Masjid, Jalan Datuk Ajibah Abol, Jalan Kulas and Jalan Haji Taha will be closed.

IN KOTA KINABALU, the Merdeka convoy comprising 99 superbikes and 49 4X4 vehicles left here at 8am today for Lawas en route to Miri and Kuching. The convoy will join the Merdeka splash in Kuching on Aug 31.


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