KUCHING: The Kembara Jalur Gemilang (KJG) programme in Sarawak will be divided into three phases involving dates of national importance and closely related to patriotism.
Sarawak Information Department, Communication Services and Community Development Division, principal assistant director, Helmy Hamid said the first phase of the programme would involve a convoy starting off from Serian on August 1 and ending at Padang Merdeka here, seven days later.
He said the convoy would arrive in Padang Merdeka on August 8, where the National Day month celebration was scheduled to take place with the presence of several national leaders.
He added that more participants were expected to join in the launch of KJG here on that day, which would include 40 big bikers’ and 40 cycling enthusiasts.
“We have organised this programme for over 10 years and each year we try to make it livelier than the previous year,” he told Bernama when met after a KJG meeting at the Information Department here today.
He said in the second phase, the convoy would start off from Sibu on August 23 reaching Limbang, the venue of the state National Day celebrations this year, on August 31.
According to him in the third phase the convoy would be moving from Sibu on Sept 7, and after exploring Kapit, Selangau, Mukah Daro, and Sarikei in the central region, the convoy was expected to end their trip in Sematan, about 100 km from here on Sept 16, a date to commemorate the formation of Malaysia.
The programme was held to promote the spirit of patriotism and love for the homeland among the public, in addition to showing love and respect for the Jalur Gemilang, Helmi said.
It also seek to promote practices in line with the Rukun Negara in shaping strong and lasting unity between the different races in Malaysia.
Apart from the Information Department, other agencies involved in organising the programme include the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama), Special Affairs Department (Jasa), Radio Television Malaysia (RTM), Finas, Telekom Malaysia, Ministry of Tourism, Pos Malaysia, and various non-governmental organisations.- BERNAMA