Only after 46 years has the true date of the formation of Malaysia,
well documented in history books and documents and even the
constitution of Malaysia, has ever been recognised.
Many Malaysians even believe that Sabah got its independence on the
31st of August despite all the statements and pictures in history
books that British sovereignty over North Borneo will only cease on
the 16th of September. So how can Sabah be independent when British
officers still make the final decisions?
Maybe they don't realise that North Borneo was Sabah. Or don't
understand the meaning of sovereignty.
With so many years of the distortion of history in order to humiliate
Sabah, no wonder Sabah is among the poorest in the world. Bangladeshis
in Sabah are laughing over Sabahan claims of being developed right in
front of myself. Based on statistics, I believe they are right.
Even Darfur have towns that are better than many towns in Sabah. Have
you ever find any schools that don't have tables and chairs, except in
Sabah? Even Palestine, under heavy Israeli bombardments have better
schools and tables than schools in Kota Kinabalu, the capital of
Sabah, based on pictures of these Palestinian schools being bombed.
Malaysia Day on Sept 16 declared a public holiday
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 19, 2009) : Beginning next year, Sept 16 will be
made a public holiday for the whole country in conjunction with the
Malaysia Day celebration, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak
declared in the Dewan Rakyat today.
He said the decision was made by the cabinet recently to have a twin
celebration for the country's national day.
"The Independence Day on Aug 31 reminds us of the struggle to achieve
independence from the colonialists and it will be celebrated with
various official functions like parade and others.
"Malaysia Day will be celebrated with programmes to strengthen unity,
promote inter-racial understanding, portray people's success and
accomplishment in sports, socio-culture, arts and others which will
lift up the spirit of 1Malaysia," he said.
In an immediate response, United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut
Organisation (UPKO) president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok who is Member of
Parliament for Penampang, applauded Najib's decision.
He said it is a historical fact that the Federation of Malaysia was
formed on Sept 16 1963 when the Federation of Malaya, Singapore,
Sarawak and Sabah mutually agreed to become a new nation.
"Malaysia, therefore, is only 46 years old. The 52 years of
independence is only for the Persekutuan Tanah Melayu or better known
today as Semenanjung.
"Some have tried to equate our position to that of the United States
of America. They argue that although other states like Hawaii joined
much later, the country dates its formation as 4th July 1776."
"Ours is of course very different because before 1963, there was no
Malaysia yet. There was only the Federation of Malaya and this
federation together with Singapore, Sarawak and Sabah negotiated to
set up a new country called Malaysia," he said.
"While we are happy to celebrate with Semenanjung their independence
from colonial rule on Aug 31 1963, I am sure all of you will agree
that it is indeed right and proper that all Malaysians celebrate this
year 46 years of nationhood," he added.
"We cannot distort history," said Dompok, who is also Minister of
Plantation Industries and Commodites.
He also stated that some national leaders seem to give the impression
that Malaysia was born on Aug 31, 1957.
"The level of awareness among Malaysians in Semenanjung on the
formation of Malaysia is lower than those in Sabah and Sarawak, so
much so they believe Malaya or Semenanjung is Malaysia," said Dompok
in his blog.