Slightly over a fortnight after the country’s Merdeka (National Day) revelry took place on 31 August, there is still cause for impassioned patriotic celebrations as Malaysia Day makes the scene. On 16 September this year, citizens honour the 57th anniversary of the establishment of the Malaysian federation.
Although the country’s independence was secured in 1957, it was on this date in 1963 that Malaya, North Borneo (Sabah), Sarawak, and for a period of nearly two years, Singapore, combined to create Malaysia. This momentous occasion marked the resolve of these states to move forward as a united country. Skip ahead several decades to today and it is plain to see that Malaysia is going strong.
Celebrated in tandem with Merdeka, this year’s Malaysia Day shares the same theme, ‘Malaysia Prihatin’, which translates to ’Caring Malaysia’. This a theme that has been picked to reflect the current goings-on in the country, which has been impacted by COVID-19, and signifies Malaysians coming together to rise above, as well as initiatives by the government to help the nation pull through.
Engaging netizens has been a flurry of activities that began even before Merdeka day. With respect to the SOPs set by the government to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the programmes this year are in a hybrid/digital (a combination of physical and digital elements) form.
Among the main programmes is Launch of Info On Wheels (IOW). IOW units have, since the middle of last month, been on the move nationwide, covering 153 districts from urban and rural community areas in the various states. They have been evoking the spirit patriotism through songs, messages, flag-waving and distribution efforts, Rukun Negara (national principles) and more, while also delivering messages related to COVID-19 prevention and other community PSAs. A total of 3,060 IOW Merdeka programmes have been created for implementation this year across the 153 districts.
The are various competitions as well, including Pertandingan Pidato Kenegaraan (National Speech Competition), Pertandingan Mewarna dan Melukis Sempena Bulan Kebangsaan 2020 (Colouring and Drawing Competition in Conjunction with National Month 2020), and Pertandingan Fotografi Klik@Merdeka 2020 (Klik Photography Contest@Merdeka 2020).
Click here to learn more about the programmes that have been lined up for this year’s Merdeka and Malaysia Day. You can also go on social media armed with the hashtags #MalaysiaPrihatin, #MerdekaMoment, #MalaysiakuMerdeka and #KibarJalurGemilang for a more kaleidoscopic view of the celebrations, while perhaps adding a few photos of your own to the mix as well!
Malaysia Day 2020
WHEN 16 Sept