Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Malaysia Independence Day

This year 2010, My beloved country known as Malaysia will celebrate it’s 53rd Independence Day on the 31st of August with the theme of '1 Malaysia Menjana Transformasi' (1Malaysia Transforming the Nation). The national independence celebration will begins from the 1st of August until 16th of September.

It will begin with the launch at the Stadium Utama Kangar, Perlis and end with another celebration at Padang Merdeka in Kota Kinabalu. Anyone who're patriotic enough do join the celebrations.. :D
A bit of history of Malaysia:

"On February 8, 1956, agreement was reached for Malaya to gain independence from the British Empire. However, for a number of logistical and administrative reasons, it was decided that the official proclamation of independence would only be made the next year, on August 31, 1957, at Stadium Merdeka (Independence Stadium), in Kuala Lumpur.

The Federation of Malaysia, comprising the States of Malaya, North Borneo (later renamed 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, mainly due to Indonesian and the Philippines’ opposition to the formation of Malaysia. Nevertheless, North Borneo and Singapore declared sovereignty on August 31, 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 2010, Malaysia Day on September 16 will be a nationwide public holiday in addition to Hari Merdeka on August 31."

P.S. Above picture is where I took at Stadium Utama Kangar, Perlis. Happy 53rd Bithday to you Malaysia.

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