I don’t know about you, but starting this year, I am going to fly the Jalur Gemilang high on September 16, 2008 to celebrate Malaysia Day. Yes Malaysia was indeed form on September 16, 1963 and not on August 31.
I don’t care if my whole neighbourhood thinks I am crazy but this is in solidarity with my fellow Anak Bangsa Malaysia in Sabah and Sarawak.
According to Malaysiakini:
“Anwar announcement on the unprecedented Malaysia Day celebrations in the Peninsular is likely to further undermine the credibility of BN federal government and lure East Malaysian MPs to hop to Pakatan.
According to political observers, the announcment expressly implied that the federal government had ignored and neglected the importance of Sabah and Sarawak since states in the Peninsular do not mark the day with a public holiday.
They said it exposed the deeply-rooted grouses among Sabahans and Sarawakians of “being treated like stepchildren in the nation-building process by BN”.
Rocky noted that the Pakatan Rakyat will make Sept 16 or Malaysia Day a holiday in the five states that it rule, according to Malaysiakini. Lim Guan Eng, the Penang Chief Minister, has already announced that 16/09/09 will be a holiday for Penang.
Sabah and Sarawak joined the Federation in 16 Sept 1963 (originally with Singapore) to form the Malaysia as we know it today.
ONE COUNTRY, ONE BANGSA, BANGSA MALAYSIA