Slightly over a fortnight after the country’s National Day revelry took the nation by storm 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 55th 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.
Full Of Festivities
Celebrated in tandem with the 2018 National Day, this year’s Malaysia Day shares the same theme, ‘Sayangi Malaysiaku’, which is ‘Love My Malaysia’ in Malay. The two significant days also have a common official logo and theme song called Kita Punya Malaysia (Our Malaysia). These three elements serve as vibrant enablers, meant to fire up the feelings of pride and affection among Malaysians for their country, while fostering mutual respect, unity and togetherness through the many layers of the multicultural community.
Engaging netizens further is the flurry of activities that have been taking place over this patriotic period. Having kicked off in Penang in early August, the Kembara Merdeka Jalur Gemilang nationwide tour harbours plenty of excitement as it crosses each state in turn. From flag-waving and food trucks to performances and fireworks, the carnivallike atmosphere has been generating smiles all around.
After the stopover at Putrajaya for the National Day, this roadshow heads over to Sarawak and reaches its final destination in Sabah on 16 September for an allout Malaysia Day jamboree.
Check out the schedule for the events occurring at the state levels and make your way to Sabah, Jalur Gemilang (Malaysian flag) in hand, for the epic conclusion!