Happy Malaysia Day! Lets celebrate and be proud of our multi cultural country. With Merdeka Day celebration had just ended, we continue to celebrate another meaningful day for our country.We should reflect on the meaning of Malaysia as a country and as a nation. It has been 49 years, what have this country and nation achieved and what is more to build for the next generations. The forming of Malaysia helps to justify the shared ambition to fortify Malaysia as a strong, prosperous nation that is respected by the world.
Well, celebration alone without knowing the background of it doesn't really make sense isn't it? Lets get to know some history today, will ya'? Lets dig some history together.
[box] Malaysia Day is held on September 16 every year to commemorate the establishment of the Malaysian federation on the same date in 1963. It marked the joining together of Malaya, North Borneo (now Sabah including Labuan Island), Sarawak, and Singapore to form Malaysia. The formation of the new federation was planned to occur on June 1, 1963, but was later postponed to August 31, 1963, in order to coincide with the sixth Hari Merdeka. Several issues related to the Indonesian and the Filipino objection to the formation of Malaysia delayed the declaration to September 16 of the same year. The postponement was also done to allow the United Nations team time to conduct referendums in North Borneo (now Sabah) and Sarawak regarding the two states participation in a new federation. The formation of Malaysia was made possible through the introduction of the Malaysia Bill to the Malayan Parliament on July 9, 1963, and consent from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on August 29, 1963. Prior to the formation of Malaysia, Sarawak gained its transitional administration on July 22, 1963, while Singapore and North Borneo (which was renamed Sabah) began its transitional administration from the United Kingdom on August 31, 1963, thus coinciding with the sixth anniversary of the Malayan independence. Since 2010, Malaysia Day becomes a public holiday. Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak made the decision after a question-and-answer session at the Malaysian Parliament on October 19. 2009. This means Malaysians have two celebrations related to Malaysia's independence.[/box]
As a conclusion of it, Malaysia Day signifies our unity as a country and it is a good opportunity to reflect on the positive sides of Malaysia. We as a Malaysian, let's play our part in improving the country to move forward, Keep our unity at the very high level of it. Not only during the celebration day, but throughout our daily days. Don't just let our ancestors battle be left meaningless.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Malaysia Day 2012. Be proud to be Malaysians and lets strive harder to make Malaysia proud of us.