Posts tagged ‘malaya’

September 15, 2013

Malaysia: What Happened To You?

This is a 2-part series starting with this posting.

Most Malaysians are still unaware that Malaysia Day is the commemoration of the formation of the Federation of Malaysia between the Federation of Malaya, Singapore, Sarawak and Sabah. Singapore was eventually expelled on 9 August 1965. Brunei who was invited to join the Federation rejected the overtures and remained independent. The rationale to create this Federation is to enable the smaller nations who are weak politically and economically to leverage the scale of being together. Hence, we have Malaysia formed on 16 September 1963. And remember that Singapore, Sarawak and Sabah were independent nations equal to the Federation of Malaya.

For the longest time, we called 31 August 1957 our Independence Day and it is not wrong except that it refers to the Federation of Malaya. Unfortunately, what is unspoken is that this date was celebrated as the National Day even for Sabah and Sarawak. All this while, Sabah and Sarawak have celebrated Malaysia Day on 16 September and Malaysians over at the Peninsula never realized this fact until it was declared a public holiday in 2010 after PM Najib took over from Pak Lah. Now, Malaysians get 2 public holidays instead of the usual 1 because of the arrogance and blunders of the BN Government all this while.

So, after 50 years, a man will be in his second half of his life’s journey. He will have grown up and matured into a wise middle aged man, able to lead, counsel, consult and manage his affairs. He will have grown in stature and repute in the discipline he has strived to accomplish.

Where does that leave us in Malaysia? Did we grow up? Alas, it is the contrary.

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August 31, 2008

Are we a free nation? A joint Merdeka day message

Independence means that the nation is free from any imposed political domination, citizens are sovereign and are masters of their own destiny. For that to be true, they must at least be able to think freely, express and exchange opinion, and, obtain and disseminate information without fear or favour.

As we celebrate the 51st anniversary of our Merdeka tomorrow and the 45th anniversary of Malaysia’s establishment in two weeks’ time, we should be celebrating our political adulthood. We should be proud that as citizens, we are a truly sovereign people, ruled by nothing more than the collective free will of our citizenship. We invite all Malaysians to ponder before lighting fireworks and joining the parade: Are we truly free? Are we truly sovereign?

Read the full message here.

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August 31, 2008

Malaya Merdeka! What about Sarawak & Sabah?

Today is 31 August, commonly referred to as Hari Merdeka or Independence Day.  What is not commonly understood by most people is that 31 August is actually Malaya Independence Day when Tunku Abdul Rahman together with the rest of the founding fathers of various communities gained independence from British Rule for Malaya.  This is West Malaysia today.

So, we are really commemorating the 51st year of independence for Malaya or West Malaysia.  Happy Merdeka Day!  So where does East Malaysia fit in?  Did somebody forget that they are part of Malaysia?  Why is it that Merdeka Day which is Malaya Independence Day celebrated as if it was for all Malaysia?  What about Sarawak and Sabah?

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