It has been 54 great years since Malaysians were unified as one. Kudos to each and every one of us because Malaysia is still one of the exemplary countries where people of different ethnicity and cultures live harmoniously with one another.
As how the late President of America, Theodore Roosevelt have put it, the more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future. Now, while we understand that history might be the least appealing (or even downright boring) subject in high school, we owe it to ourselves to know some noteworthy events which took part in the past to even be regarded as a true blue Malaysian. And since today is Malaysia Day, it is also the most legit day to do what Malaysians do best; we look out for one another. So, here’s a very brief rundown on what actually went down before Malaysia Day came about.
Same Same But Different
For starters to those who can’t tell National Day (Hari Merdeka) and Malaysia Day apart, these historical moments actually took place in TWO separate occasions.
Malaysia Day was supposed to happen on 1st of June 1963. But it didn’t. In fact, it was delayed TWICE due to some unforeseen circumstances and the formation eventually took place this day, 54 years back.
This is also the day where isolation was lifted. When Malaya, North Borneo (Sabah) and Sarawak became one nation, Malaysia stood tall as one of the most multiracial countries in the world. Mount Kinabalu and Petronas Twin Towers are among many of our precious national pride, and we get offended when foreigners think that East Malaysians live on trees.
Proud To Be Part Of This Nation
Malaysia For Ever was written by Canadian songwriter, Bobby Gimby to celebrate the formation of Malaysian in 1963. This song became an instant hit when it was broadcasted on the Malaysia airwaves. This song was dubbed as the unofficial national anthem of Malaysia by our nation’s founding father, Yang Teramat Mulia Tunku Abdul Rahman.
P/S: Before you hit play, please be reminded that this is a folk song, so don’t get too taken aback by what you’re about to hear.
Perks Of Being A Malaysian
Since 2010, Malaysians rejoiced when Malaysia Day became a nationwide public holiday. It was observed as a state holiday in Sabah and Sarawak only during the years before. Malaysians will never refuse another public holiday, do we?
Regardless of where life takes us, there’s no place better than Tanah Airku.
We love you, Malaysia!