|2018||1 Feb||Thu||Federal Territory Day||Kuala Lumpur, Labuan|
The Importance of Federal Territory Day in Malaysia
Throughout the year Malaysia celebrates some occasion or the other with much enthusiasm and splendor. Most of the celebrations followed by Malaysian people are either religious or cultural in origin. Speaking of which, the Federal Territory Day is one very important occasion that is celebrated in Malaysia. The Federal Territory Day is followed as one of the national holidays in Malaysia which is celebrated on the first day of February every year in the three federal territories of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, and Putrajaya.
A Brief Journey through the History of Federal Territory Day
Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, and are the three states that comprise the federal territories of Malaysia. While Labuan was originally a part of Sabah, the first two belonged to the state of Selangor. But because of the Federal Territory Agreement which was signed on 28th January of 1974 Kuala Lumpur was surrendered to the federal government on the 1st of February, 1974. Later, Labuan became the second federal territory on May 17th in the year 1984. After which Putrajaya was purchased from the state of Selangor and was made the third federal territory on 1st February 2001. The fact that most of the states shared the same date of independence, the Federal Territory Day is celebrated on the 1st of February every year.
About The Three Federal Territories
- Kuala Lumpur: The city of Kuala Lumpur was the original federal capital territory of Malaysia and still continues to be the official capital of Malaysia. While Kuala Lumpur remains the city of residence of Malaysia’s monarch and continues to hold the Malaysian parliament meets, certain judicial and executive portions of the government have been shifted to Putrajaya.
- Putrajaya: The city which was taken from the now-adjacent city of Prang Besar to be made the second federal capital territory after Kuala Lumpur is considered to be the ‘administrative center’ of Malaysia.
- Labuan: Labuan is the main city for offshore fossil fuel drilling where Victoria is the international financial center. In the year 1990 Labuan was made an international free trade zone.
The Traditions and Customs of the Federal Territory Day
The Federal Territory Day is celebrated with great enthusiasm in all the three federal territories of Malaysia. Activities such as parades, cultural exhibitions, performances, display of fireworks and various games and contests are a common sight during the celebration time. The best thing about the cultural exhibitions and the shows is that they are free to attend. Tourists visiting Malaysia around this time is sure to have a great time. Apart from attending the shows and exhibitions in the federal territories, tourists can also check out other attractions such as the numerous landmarks and monuments in Putrajaya, the old museums in Labuan and many other places including the low-priced shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur.
The Federal Territory Day may be celebrated only in the three main states of Malaysia but, nonetheless, there are plenty of other places and exciting things that one can do when visiting Malaysia.