Although it is not a public holiday, Sept 16 is to commemorate the establishment of The Federation of Malaysia in 1963 among Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Singapore. Indonesia and the Philippines objected to it. Jakarta was accusing Kuala Lumpur as being a new colonial power in Borneo for trying to lure Sarawak and North Borneo (now Sabah). However, after several consultations, it was settled amicably. Malaysia was also made possible through the introduction of a ‘Malaya Bill’ to the Parliament and, or course, with the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Singapore, however, left Malaysia on August 9, 1965 to become and Independence republic.
SELAMAT HARI MALAYSIA!
PS... wishing Lee Kuan Yew a HAPPY BIRTHDAY... also Sept 16.