MALAYSIAN DAY- Sept 16 -A Day to be remembered & celebrated
Malaysia’s independence day is celebrated on 31st of Aug, every year to commemorate its freedom from the British and later the Malaysian Union led to the formation of Malaysian Federation which comprised of Malaya(11 states) ,Singapore, Sarawak, North Borneo (now Sabah) .The day of formation of Malaysian federation is celebrated as Malaysia day on Sept 16 every year since 1963.
Malaysia, situated in the Southeast part of Asia is a country with a lot of economical importance to the global forum. The countries of today’s Federation of Malaysia were all colonies under the British. Each of the countries in the Federation attained independence individually from the British. Malaysia attained independence on 31st Aug, 1957, while Sarawak attained on 22nd July 1963 and Sabah attained on 31st Aug, 1963.Singapore chose to leave the federation on 9th Aug, 1965 after a brief stint of 2 years with the Federation. Singapore decided to leave the Federation after a continuous racial riots and indifferences in the economy favouring Malay.
Earlier the Malaysian day was planned to be on the same day as that of the Malaysian Independence day on 31st Aug, 1963 after six years of independence on 31st Aug, 1957 but as Malaysia faced objections from neighbouring countries like Indonesia and finally it was made possible on Sept 16th 1963 by the signing of the International Treaty of Malaysia Agreement 1963 between United Kingdom, the Federation of Malaya , Sarawak , Sabah and Singapore.
The countries under the Federation comprised of people who migrated from countries like India, China and other Southeast Asian Countries, few Indians migrated back to India after the riots which broke out between Singapore and Malaysia and after Malaysia attained independence from British. The important goal of the federation is to have an inclusive, substantial growth judicially, economically and socially.
Celebration of the day
The people were generally worried because the Malaysian day hasn’t been given much importance like being given to the Hari Medereka (Independence Day).Prior to 2010, Sept 16th was observed as a state public holiday only in the countries of Sabah and Sarawak. After few proceedings in the Parliament, the today’s Prime Minister of Malaysia denounced Sept 16th to be a national holiday of Malaysia as well. This news bought a great cheer and delight to the citizens of Malaysia.
Several plans are being made to celebrate this year’s (2017) Malaysian day with huge great pomp. A three day fest which begins on Sept 15th evening will feature performances from about 1500 artists. A special concert has been arranged for the three day fest’s inaugural eve on Sept 15th, 2017 evening. An array of display of food from indigenous cuisines and convoy of super high powered motor vehicles is on the agenda. The event will feature Malaysia’s deep and fascinating historical events with sports like Sepak Takraw to be one of the highlights. Several trains and other transport facilities have been arranged by the government for the citizens to enjoy the show and to create a sense of belongingness in them.