September 16, 2011 during 12:00 pm
Today is a 16th of Sep 2011, a 48th anniversary of a substructure of a association of Malaysia. Two decade ago, Malaysia Day was usually a footnote in a country’s common memory, a ancestral day that upheld though most ado. It was not even a sovereign holiday, until final year, when it was finally announced a holiday by a government.
Malaysia Day is rather interesting. If Tunku Abdul Rahman had his way, we would be celebrating Malaysia Day on 31st August, a day that bears some-more definition to a country, as it is also Merdeka Day. 31st Aug was not a date that usually Peninsular Malaysia gained independence, though also a date Sabah and Singapore announced theirs, on 31st Aug 1963. The date does not bear any stress for Sarawak as it announced a autonomy on 22nd Jul 1963. Tunku Abdul Rahman, who was a Prime Minister during that time, was famous to be a male who chose ancestral dates carefully, and as such had designed for a association of Malaysia to share a same date as Merdeka Day. As we all know, a date was deferred due to certain objections from Indonesia and a Philippines that were resolved by a referendum in Sabah and Sarawak. Thanks to them, we, for improved or for worse, applaud a first of a country, Malaysia, on a same date as a birthday of a owner of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew. For those who are not informed with a common story of Malaysia and Singapore, Singapore seceded from Malaysia in 1965, so giving that small bit of trivia a clarity of irony.
Anyhow, we positively have come a prolonged approach as a nation. Although it took scarcely 50 years for Malaysians to finally feel a need to applaud a first of a nation, a concentration on a investiture of Malaysia, as against to a jubilee of a independence, does uncover that a adults of Malaysia have come to perspective this republic that they were innate in as their own. We wish that another 50 or so years will move wealth and fun for this republic and a people.
Happy Malaysia Day 2011!
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