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Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Today, for the 53rd year, we celebrate the National Day of Malaysia.
This day is for commemorating the independence of the Federation of Malaya from the British Colonial rule.

Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj announced the independence of Malaya from the British on 31 August 1957, at Stadium Merdeka.

The Formation of Malaysia
The Federation of Malaysia, comprising the States of Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore was to be officially declared on the date August 31, 1963, on the 6th anniversary of Malayan independence. However, it was postponed to September 16, 1963.

The formation of the Federation of Malaysia was then announced on September 16, 1963 as Malaysia Day. The nationwide Independence Day celebration is still held on August 31, the original independence date of Malaya, while Malaysia Day is a public holiday only in East Malaysia.

However, this has caused some minor discontent among East Malaysians in particular since it has been argued that celebrating the national day on August 31 is too Malaya-centric.

It is decided that starting this year, 2010, Malaysia Day will be a nationwide public holiday in addition to Hari Merdeka on August 31.


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