Kuala Lumpur is more than just the capital of Malaysia – the city is a Federal Territory too, one of three in the country. Along with the territories of Putrajaya and Labuan, it functions under the direct purview of the Federal Government. Once a year, on the first day of February, these three are commemorated with Federal Territory Day, bringing cheer to millions!
Called Wilayah Persekutuan in the national language Bahasa Melayu, they will be in full festive mode for the occasion. It doesn’t matter if you are in the bustling metropolis of Kuala Lumpur, the dignified administrative centre that is Putrajaya or the international offshore financial hub Labuan, the celebrations will certainly ensnare your attention.
Perpetuating the theme ‘Sayangi Wilayahku’ which translates to ‘Love My Territory’ from last year, this year’s Federal Territory Day is also centred on the inhabitants of the territories.
With a focus on strengthening unity between the layers of the community, specifically those residing in the Federal Territories, the theme underscores the importance of forging harmonious and tightknit bonds among the various races, which ensure a smooth road to prosperity and growth.
A range of communal activities have been planned to breathe life to this theme and keep spirits high.
There is much to look forward to on the day itself, and you can expect parades, marching bands, cultural shows, concerts, games carnivals, food and more. While the main festivities take place on 1 February, the entire month will host numerous activities around the three territories that are tied to Federal Territory Day.
Stay updated with what is going on and where it is for Federal Territory Day 2020 by visiting the Ministry of Federal Territories website (kwp.gov.my) and its social media pages. You can also plug #shwp2020 into your search bar!