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State Govt to restore original inscription on monument

KOTA KINABALU: The State Government is committed to restoring the original inscription on the stolen bronze plaque depicting the formation of Malaysia on September 16, 1963, on the Malaysia Monument 1963 at Lintasan Deasoka here.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew said restoration works will begin as soon as possible with the co-operation of the Kota Kinabalu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KKCCI).

The design and wordings of the original inscription. SNT Pix/Credit Tourism Ministry

“It is our desire to complete it before the Malaysia Day celebration this year (September 16, 2019). Three plaques will be installed on the monument – one on the original inscription (September 16, 1963), the second on the plaque replacement (September 16, 2019) while the third plaque will provide the background story leading to the reinstatement,” she said in a statement, issued here, Monday.

Earlier she received a courtesy call from a nine-member delegation from the Kota Kinabalu Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KKCCCI) led by its President Datuk Michael Lui Yen Sang.

Liew, who is also Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, thanked Lui for handing over the design and wordings of the original inscription for the restoration works.

“Credit is due to the Kota Kinabalu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry for its tireless effort in retrieving the original inscription,” she said.

At this juncture, Lui attributed the Chamber’s success to the role played by the media in highlighting the case which led to the discovery of the original design and wordings in two languages- English and Chinese.

Liew (centre), flanked by William (on her left) and Lui, with the KKCCCI delegation. SNT Pix/Credit Tourism Ministry

The words are as follows : Sponsored BY : North Borneo Chinese Association & Jesselton Chinese Chamber of Commerce. This Monument Is Erected By The People Of Jesselton To The Founding Of Malaysia On 16th September 1963.

Although it was reported in April this year that the original bronze plaque was stolen in 2011, the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary William Baya believed that the theft could have occurred much earlier.

Others in the delegation were Deputy President Chang Chin Shin, 2nd Vice-President Andy Lim Chen Kwong, 4th Vice-president Datuk Chee Chi Vun, 6th Vice-President Lim Young Peing, 7th Vice-President John Wong Tau Enn, Treasurer-General Lee Nyuk Chong, Executive Secretary Tan Kar Seng and Assistant Executive Secretary Tan Min Chu. Also present was the Deputy Director of Sabah Museum, Lester Milip.

Meanwhile, President Lui expressed his appreciation to the Minister for his appointment as a member of the Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) Advisory Panel.

He pledged to live up to expectations in representing KKCCCI in the Advisory Panel, saying he will perform to the best of his ability.-SabahNewsToday