Just over two weeks past the country’s National Day on 31 August, there’s still cause for impassioned patriotic celebrations as Malaysia Day makes the scene. On 16 September this year, citizens honour the 56th anniversary of the establishment of the Malaysian federation.
To clear up any confusion – although the country’s independence was secured in 1957, it was on 16 September 1963 that the Federation of 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. Today, it’s plain to see that Malaysia is still going strong as it continues developing.
A Clean Malaysia
Celebrated in tandem with the 2019 National Day, this year’s Malaysia Day shares the same theme, ‘Sayangi Malaysiaku: Malaysia Bersih’, which is ‘Love My Malaysia: A Clean Malaysia’ in Malay. The two significant days also have in common an official logo, and a theme song called Malaysia Bersih. 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 – with a focus on the integrity and virtuous identity of Malaysians.
Engaging netizens further is the flurry of activities that have been taking place over this patriotic period. Having kicked off in early August, these happenings, spurred by the cross-country convoy called Konvoi Kembara Merdeka Jalur Gemilang 2019, have been taking place at numerous places nationwide. From flag-waving and food trucks to performances and fireworks, the carnival-like atmosphere has been generating smiles all around.
While the National Day parade, graced by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King of Malaysia), took place at Putrajaya, the spotlight falls on Padang Merdeka in Kuching, Sarawak on 16 September for an all-out Malaysia Day jamboree. Officiated by The Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak (the ceremonial head of the state) and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, it is set to see the celebrations off on a grand scale.
Check out the official hashtags #sayangimalaysiaku, #malaysiabersih, #kemakmuranbersama and #kitamalaysia to stay abreast of the events, and make your way to Kuching, Jalur Gemilang (Malaysian flag) in hand, for the epic conclusion!