What Is Malaysia Day 2019

Malaysia Day is a Malaysia’s birthday. On 16th September 2019 all Malaysian citizens will be having a public holiday as to celebrate the Malaysia Days or formally pronounce as ‘Hari Malaysia’. Basically, this special date was chosen as to commemorate the establishment of the Malaysian federation on the same date 16th September 1963. This Malaysia Day was marked as the joining together of the existing states of Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Singapore to form Malaysia. However, after two years the Singapore country was expelled for being a part of Malaysia on 9th August 1965 and thus celebrating their own independence on that date.

Before 2010, Malaysia Day was only a public holiday in Sabah and Sarawak not in the Peninsular Malaysia. The Peninsular Malaysians was consisted of 11 states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Selangor, and Terengganu, as well as the two British Straits Settlements of Penang and Melaka. After that, the Peninsular Malaysians start celebrating the Malaysia Day as they notice the significance of this day. They notice that it is a time to celebrate their nation’s multicultural background, countless languages and dialects which is made up of 13 states includes Sabah and Sarawak.

Usually, if the holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be a public holiday in all states apart from Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu. For this year, Sarawak was picked to host the national-level Malaysia Day celebration on this weekend at indoor Stadium Perpaduan, Kuching (due to haze air pollutions). The ceremony would be officiated by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and among the highlights activities are a 300-drum performance, shadow play and a float parade. The theme for the 2019 Malaysia Day is “Sayangi Malaysiaku:Malaysia Bersih” (Love Our Malaysia: A Clean Malaysia). The theme stresses the importance of unity and patriotism for the well-being of the people and shared prosperity.

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