Malaysia Day

Selamat Hari Malaysia 2019!

Even 56 years after the federation of Malaysia has been established, some people (even Malaysians themselves!) would ask fellow Sarawakians and Sabahans who resides in the Peninsular Malaysia questions such as “How do you find the weather in Malaysia?” or “When did you arrive in Malaysia?”. It is somewhat hilarious, although in a way quite embarrassing when these questions are being asked towards them especially if it is coming from a fellow Malaysian too. This just clearly shows that there are a few Malaysians that are not aware of the significance of the Malaysia Day. To them, this day is just another public holiday where they get some time off work, or off school when this should not be the case. It is critical that every Malaysian knows the importance of this very memorable day.

On 16 September 1963, history was made when 4 states decided to merge and become a nation. These states are the states of Malaya, Sarawak, North Borneo (now known as Sabah), and Singapore. They merged and formed a union thus, becoming the federation of Malaysia. However, 2 years after the union, Singapore decided to be a nation of its own.

Multicultural family

  Credit: Emila Yusof

With Sabah and Sarawak joining Malaya (now known as Peninsular Malaysia), Malaysia has now truly become a country of multiple ethnicity groups such as Malay, Chinese, Indian, Orang Asli, Kadazan-Dusun, Iban, Bidayuh, Melanau, and many more.

In a nutshell, Malaysia Day is one of the most memorable day in the history of Malaysia as it marks the formation of the country itself. If this day, 56 years ago were to never happen, Malaysia would have never been formed and they would not stand as a nation as strong as they do today.

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