Malaysia Travel Guide-
Students Celebrate Malaysia Day in one of the University
Malaysia Day is
held on September 16 every year to commemorate the
establishment of the Malaysian federation on the same date in 1963.
It marked the joining together of Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and
Singapore to form Malaysia. The formation of the new federation was
planned to occur on June 1, 1963, but was later postponed to August
31, 1963, in order to coincide with the sixth Hari Merdeka.
issues related to the Indonesian and the Filipino objection to the
formation of Malaysia delayed the declaration to September 16 of the
same year. The postponement was also done to allow the United
Nations team time to conduct referendums in North Borneo (now Sabah)
and Sarawak regarding the two states participation in a new
The formation of Malaysia was made possible through the introduction
of the Malaysia Bill to the Malayan Parliament on July 9, 1963, and
consent from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on August 29, 1963.
Prior to the formation of Malaysia, Singapore and North Borneo
unilaterally declared independence from the United Kingdom on August
31, 1963, thus coinciding with the sixth anniversary of the Malayan
Beginning year 2010, September 16 is a federal public holiday. It
was declared by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. The first
nation-wide celebration of Malaysia Day is being held in Sabah.
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