Saturday, September 07, 2013

Bonding with Gaya Street 2 displays KK history

KOTA KINABALU: Bonding with Gaya Street 2 will allow the community to learn more about the history of the city, in particular those related to the Gaya Street.

According to Assistant Minister of Local Government and Housing, Datuk Edward Yong Oui Fah at the launch of the event at Lintasan Deasoka near here yesterday, the Gaya Street has among the oldest buildings in the city and is also a centre for business activities.

The Gaya Street is also famous for its weekly Sunday Gaya Street Fair which attracts thousands of people keen on purchasing various locally produced products including agricultural produce, he said.

“I believe their presence also shows the uniqueness of our community which is from various races and religions,” he said.

He then commended the organiser of the event, saying that the exhibition related to the history of Gaya Street would enable the people, particularly the young, to learn more about the street’s history and appreciate the freedom that the State has savoured in the last 50 years.

“We are indeed very lucky as Malaysians to be able to live peacefully despite our differences in race, culture and religion,” he said.

He also said the Federal and State governments have continued to care for the people through its 1Malaysia concept of putting the people first.

Organising chairman of the event, Datin Fazar Arif, in her speech said that the first Bonding with Gaya Street was conducted last year and that some of the photos that had been exhibited then remained on display by shop owners operating along the street.

She said that these photographs remained because of the love and the tremendous pride in those historical photos and the stories behind the pictures.

The photos showcased included the work of the late Victor Wah, showcasing a scene taken during Sabah’s proclamation of independence through the formation of Malaysia at the town padang on Sept 16, 1963, she said.