Every year on September 16, Malaysia Day is celebrated with lot of joys and commemorates. The day also known as “Hari Malaysia”. It commemorates 16 September 1963, when the former British colony of Singapore and the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, joined the Federation of Malaya to create the Malaysian Federation. Singapore only remained in the federation for two years, leaving on 9 August 1965.
Declaration as Official Holiday:
Malaysia Day was not recognized as an official holiday until 2010. This day is formed to promote the Malaysian Spirit and Sovereignty. This will also remind Malaysians of their ancestor’s hard work who contributed to give them the freedom they enjoy today.
On 31 August, Malaysians celebrate Independence Day (Merdeka Day). It may seem strange that Malaysia has two different national days, however, both of them are embedded with tales of sacrifices and freedom. Malaysia Day is just as important as National Day. Both are significant in the formation of the Malaysia that we see today. So both days are recognized as honorable days by Malaysia.
Malaysia Day Celebration:
The celebrations of Malaysia Day primarily include national ceremonies that celebrate the strength of Malaysians. It is also an opportunity to celebrate their patriotism and also the diverse background of Malaysia. “Malaysia Prihatin” is the theme of Malaysia Day and according to Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, Sibu will be the host for Malaysia Day celebrations this year.
There are also food festivals and other events organized that celebrate the diversity of the place. It is important for every Malaysian to re-learn the philosophy behind the formation of Malaysia. With it, a sense of love and responsibility for the country will exist in every soul and heart of Malaysians.
Remember that before Sept 16, 1963, there was no country called Malaysia, there was only Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore. Therefore, Sept 16 should be celebrated by every Malaysian with pride.
Let us together celebrate this pride day!!