My Malaysia: And Now We Have Two National Days!!!


With the announcement made by our PM, we will now have two national days, one on Malaya Independance from British and another one for the date Malaysia is officially born with Sabah, Sarawak and formerly Singapore in it. Here is the news:

Malaysia Day on September 16 to be public holiday

2009/10/19

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has declared that Malaysia Day which falls on Sept 16 annually will be a national public holiday from next year.

He told Dewan Rakyat today that the formation of Malaysia as an independent and sovereign country was an important chapter in the nation’s history.

“As such, Malaysians will celebrate a twin national holiday. Merdeka Day on Aug 31 which reminds us of the fight for independence from the colonialists will be celebrated with processions and so forth.

“Malaysia Day will be celebrated with activities to strengthen unity, racial understanding, and the people’s achievement in sports, socio-culture, culture and others to light up the spirit of 1Malaysia,” he said.

Malaysia Day is celebrated annually on Sept 16 to remind of the formation of the federation of Malaysia following the inclusion of Sabah and Sarawak in 1963.

Najib was replying to a question by Datuk Dr Marcus Mojigoh (BN-Putatan) who wanted to know about the people’s acceptance of 1Malaysia and programmes needed to achieve it.

He told parliament which began at 10am that the people of Sabah and Sarawak should enjoy education, economic and social development like that in peninsula as the two states had joined Malaysia since 1963.

“The formation of Malaysia as an independent and sovereign country was an important chapter in the nation’s history. We want the joy and sorrows of Sabah and Sarawak people to be felt by those in peninsula.”

On the 1Malaysia Concept, Najib said the concept which had become the thrust of administration was to foster national unity among various races including strengthening national integration between Malaysians in peninsula and those in Sabah and Sarawak.

The Prime Minister said to strengthen ties, more regular flights would be introduced and that more funds would be allocated for infrastructure projects like roads, water, electricity, schools, hospitals and clinics.

“With national unity, the country will become more stable, strong and peaceful. Peace is the most important foundation to achieve the objectives of Vision 2020 that will make Malaysia a developed country in all aspects.”

“Unity had led to peace in the country for more than five decades. The price of peace is too high and can’t be bought with money. Those who try to disrupt unity are the ones destroying the peace,” he said.

To a supplementary question by Mojigoh on the identity of Malaysia compared to Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand, Najib said it was based on other elements which had become the local culture and the country’s strength.

“A look at the history of the formation of Malaysia revealed that we had chosen integration and not assimilation like Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand. This showed that our leadership had an open attitude from the start.

“It was the best way as we can become strong based on unity and diversity. There is no other country like Malaysia,” he said.

Replying to a question by Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (PAS-Marang), Najib said the 1Malaysia concept was a continuation of previous policies which had been implemented.

“The journey is the same. We can’t reach the destination in one or two terms. We consider it a continuation and god willing, when implemented, the 1Malaysia concept will have values that support Vision 2020,” he said.

Abdul Hadi asked whether the 1Malaysia concept meant that the government was sidelining earlier policies like Islam Hadhari, Clean, Efficient and Trustworthy and Vision 2020. – BERNAMA

Berita Harian version will be as follows:

PM isytihar 16 September cuti umum Hari Malaysia mulai tahun depan

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Razak sebentar tadi mengumumkan 16 September sebagai cuti umum Hari Malaysia di seluruh negara mulai tahun depan.

Mengumumkannya pada sidang Dewan Rakyat pagi ini, Perdana Menteri berkata pembentukan Malaysia sebagai sebuah negara yang merdeka dan berdaulat adalah satu titik sejarah yang amat penting.

“Dengan demikian rakyat Malaysia akan merayakan dua hari kebangsaan secara berkembar. Hari Merdeka pada 31 Ogos mengingatkan kita akan perjuangan mencapai kemerdekaan dari penjajahan, yang akan dirayakan dengan pelbagai acara rasmi seperti perarakan dan sebagainya untuk mengingati detik sejarah itu.

“Hari Malaysia pula akan dirayakan dengan acara bersifat mengeratkan perpaduan, persefahaman antara kaum, kejayaan dan pencapaian masyarakat menerusi bidang sukan, sosio-budaya, kesenian dan lain-lain yang akan menyemarakkan semangat 1Malaysia,” katanya.

Hari Malaysia diraikan setiap tahun untuk memperingati pembentukan Persekutuan Malaysia membaitkan penyertaan Sabah dan Sarawak 16 September 1963.

Some made fuss about which day should we celebrate, 31st August or 16th September (example can be read here). Some opinions caused some unrest as to why it should be an issue. For me, this nothing more to create uncertainty and unrest. Why?

For more than 50 years since Malaya’s Independance from British, we have celebrated 31st August as our National Day. My rationale is based on my comments to timboruo. One of them was as follows:

Where’s Melaka? (just teasing you.. hehehe)

And my dear friend, reference to your such argument, may I ask you this questions:

1) If the date that should be remembered is 16th September (due to the joining of Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore), then the states in peninsular should be “independent” from a colonisation.. which colonisation? Malaya?

2) Is Malaya a “Penjajah”? Because, the way you put it, sounds as if the states in peninsular were “colonized” by malaya..

3) How do you intend to explain to the kids in reference to your answer in “1)” and “2)”?

That is why, I find it interesting to the part where later states in USA joined the USA and still celebrate 4th of July.. and I can’t recall any Americans calling that date as “irrelevant” or “meaningless”

~ OnDaStreet

However, with such announcement made by our PM, I supposed that individuals that created such a fuss and unrest due to date of 16th September (which also happens to be the date that DS Anwar supposed to be in Putrajaya by now), should now be satisfied and not being cry babies.

OnDaStreet’s thought: I wonder what’s next from Pakatan? They were among the ones who questioned about which date we should celebrate.. and now, we have it.. BOTH of the dates!!! Happy?

What say you?

3 thoughts on “My Malaysia: And Now We Have Two National Days!!!

  1. Salam,

    Of course I’m happy now that the Malaysian Government recognized 16th Sept As Malaysia Day. Bless DSNTR for his wisdom.

    I rest my case happily🙂

    ODS: Came to think about it again, yes, I do hope so too as I believe that your cause is sincere.

    However, for me, with this announcement I hope this will end such fuss especially for those who use this date for their own definition of “Malaysia”.

    Thank you for your comments, timburuo.🙂

  2. YAY! dapat satu lagi cuti extra.

    let’s face it. 31st august is our independence day. 16th sept is the day sabah sarawak JOINED malaya and thus changed our name to MALAYSIA. neither is insignificant. both are exclusive. but to DENY our 31st august is just plain ignorance. stupid people with hidden agendas if you ask me.

    should I change my birthday date when I get married? NO. Should my spouse? NO. We just add another celebration, our anniversary.

    thanx.🙂

    ODS: Yup, “YAY, satu lagi cuti extra”.

    Cuma, menimbulkan yang mana satu yang seharusnya disambut (dengan disertakan dengan agenda lain) amat tidak berpatutan. Bak kata saudara, kedua-duanya ekslusif. Dan saya setuju – “but to DENY our 31st august is just plain ignorance” yang mana saya perhatikan sebilangan individu berhujah begitu.

    Terima kasih lordapes.🙂

  3. OnDaStreet,

    I don’t mind having 2 national days if it makes our fellow citizens in Sabah and Sarawak happy. They can then feel and share the pride in becoming a nation with us.

    I read in Rocky’s Bru one descendant of those involved in the formation of Malaysia saying Sarawak did not join Malaysia but Sarawak obtained independence from the Bbritish and, together with Malaya, Sabah and Singapore, formed Malaysia. I also have no problem with that interpretation. He is even right, I think.

    My only problem is the number of holidays the country has. How it affects the productivity of the country. Already there is a lot of malingering and corruption. All told, I wonder if there is even 60% productivity in the public sector. There is higher productivity in the private sector, but considering “People first, the rakyat knows best”, would there be more holidays declared?

    ODS: Zen, your concern is similar to what Tun Dr Mahathir has voiced out not long time ago.

    Anyway, thanks for your comment.🙂

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