Thursday, September 16, 2010

Happy birthday MALAYSIA... (and LKY)

We dont really know why the Government took 47 years to celebrate the formation of Malaysia on Sept 16, 1963 for the first time and gazetted it as a public holiday. To say that its so close to Aug 31 Independence Day doesnt chime any logic.

However, here we are, thanks to the wisdom of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak. Of course, this augurs well for his 1Malaysia.

As a Malaysian myself, I am proud not to be an American (to be despised and hated by many for flexing its muscle on others), or a Singaporean (for looking down at its neighbours), or as an Indonesian (a country too difficult to manage for having thousands of islands), an African (for living in the dark), a Palestinian (for being oppressed daily by the Israelis) or as an Arab (for having to become an American yes-man) or perhaps not as a citizen to some parts of Europe where racism thrives.

In 1963, Malaya along with the then British crown colonies of Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore, formed Malaysia. The proposed date for the formation of Malaysia was 31 August 1963, to coincide with the independence day of Malaya and the British giving self-rule to Sarawak and Sabah.

However, the date was delayed by opposition from the Indonesian government led by Sukarno and also attempts by the Sarawak United People's Party to delay the formation of Malaysia.

According to Wikipedia, the inclusion of Sabah and Sarawak into Malaysia was met with strong opposition from Indonesia (over its claim on North Kalimantan) and the Philippines (over Sabah).

That prompted Sukarno to launch 'Ganyang Malaysia' on 27 July 1963, months after his Foreign Minister Subandrio announced on Jan 20 that Indonesia would pursue a 'confrontation policy' against Malaysia, which Jakarta described as a British puppet. (Some Indonesians, till to date still uphold that 'Ganyang policy' each time they demonstrate displeasure toward Malaysia).

During the 1962-1966 confrontation, Malaysian allied forces (together with UK, Australia and New Zealand) lost 114 army personnel while Indonesia lost 590. A total of 36 civilians also died.

This is a history Malaysians should learn and remember. The early years of Independence were marred with unpleasant incidents, not only the Konfrontasi but also the eventual exit of Singapore in 1965, the racial riot in 1969 and the threats from Communist Party of Malaya.

I wonder if most of our present and future generations would remember how the map of Malaysia looks like. I studied Sejarah (History), 'Ilmu Alam' and Geography during my primary and secondary schools. We studied every inch of our country, every city and town that made us appreciate our Land and be proud of it. Unfortunately, such subjects are considered as not important anymore since the 1990s.

Opppsss... just for our common knowledge. Singapore Mentor Minister Lee Kuan Yew also celebrates his birthday today. I wonder why did our leaders choose this date to form Malaysia. Of course Lee Kuan Yew was there during that time. Knowing he would pull Singapore out of Malaysia two years later, he could have influenced the leaders to pick the date - as he didnt want Malaysians to forget him... forever!

And for Malaysians who still dont know how our map looks like and where Perlis. Sabah or Melaka are located, I give you a simple one up there...

PS... didnt someone vow to takeover Putrajaya on Sept 16? Who? When was that?


janice said...

mr bujai, i like the way you write it. i am deeply touched. it makes me realise how much this country meant for all irrespective of race and religion.

yes, history should be taught in schools. this will inculcate a generation who appreciate their own country and teach them how to be more tolerance.

thank you.

happy birthday malaysia!

guru BM di sekolah Cina said...

nice posting, except that part on LKY.

why must u include him?

however, your posting is very inspiring.

Anonymous said...



BH84 said...

ha ha ha...

kau memang betul jai. lee kuan yew memang tak nak malaysia dan rakyatnya lupakan dia.

sebab tu dia cadangkan 16 sept sebagai hari penubuhan malaysia ketika itu.

selama ni kita tak sambut hari malaysia bukan sebab tak nak sambut tapi tak nak jadi sambutan hari jadi untuk apek singapura tu!


budak sekolah said...

sukarno tu memang jahat ke, bang?

katne dia skg ni? senang2 je nak ganyang orang!

one heart said...

we took 47 years because we didnt want to be seen as celebrating lee kuan yew's birthday as well...

what a date to remember!

adik, UM said...


ada orang kata belajar sejarah tu maknanya belajar benda dan orang yang dah mati. tak guna belajar, kata diorang.

elok kita tanya balik, siapa bapak dan mak diorang?

sejarahlah yang mengajar kita menghargai kehidupan hari ini... btol tak?

mamat S said...


sempena hari nasional singapura tahun depan, kau akan dapat pingat kat sana.

tahun ni dah tak sempat. ha ha ha!

lee kuan yew mesti seronok baca blog kau ni. siot betol!

gerimis senja said...

padan muka anwar ibrahim tak dapat capai hajatnya rampas putrajaya pada 16 september 2008. manyak cantik muka dia!

apache said...

hah! ni ulangtahun kedua anwar brahim laungkan hasrat tawan putrajaya.

dia sambut ke ulangtahun ni?

the arbitrator said...

singapore looks down at its neighbours.

absolutely right.

why? they have the americans and the israelis behind them!

orang minyak said...


generasi hari ini bukan saja tak minat sejarah, malah tak pedulik apa yang berlaku di negara sendiri.

ramai juga yang tak tau rukun negara

Anonymous said...

believe it... we are all fortunate to be malaysians!

Anonymous said...

And, remember those who sided with Sukarno's "ganyang Malaysia"? They were the Socialist Front (the Labour Party, Partai Rakyat Malaya..of which Dr.Syed Husin Ali was the leader with Boestamam,PAS members including its President Dr.Burhanuddin and many others, even DAP members in Johor!!) They collided with Sukarno-Subandrio-Aidit (communist- PKI axis)to ganyang Malaysia and branded MaLAYSIA a neo-colonial tool!! And these are the same guys who want to celebrate and declare Seot 16 as Malaysia Day!! Hypocrates!! Syed Husin Ali sshould resign from the Senate!! Labour Party stalwarts in DAP and PRSM-Keadilan, are you still anti-Malaysia???

Skilgannon1066 said...

The Arbitrator 10:57 AM

Not to mention the Chinese (from PRC), Japanese, Indians (from India), Russians etc etc.

Amazing how many friends Singapore has made after it was chucked out of Malaysia.

There must be a moral in there somewhere!

Anonymous said...

you are a bit cynical here. shouldnt have mentioned lky although its also his bday. i hate that guy!

SiamangBukit said...

I think on the 31st August, both Sabah and Sarawak were officially de-colonized. Only on the 16th Sept were a union of Malaya and these 2 states were possible due to some technical errors. It would not have been possible to celebrate this day for many years given the animosity by Phillipines and Indonesia, and probably the coincidence of LKY's birthday. If LKY has died early, we could have celebrated this auspicious day much earlier.

Anonymous said...

ARKIB UTUSAN : 02/09/2008 – Anwar cadang 16 Sept. cuti umum (Idea asal penubuhan hari Malaysia)

ARKIB : 03/09/2008 – Shabery anggap Pas hipokrit.

KUALA LUMPUR 2 Sept. – Kerajaan Pas Kelantan tidak seharusnya bersikap hipokrit apabila hendak menjadikan 16 September sebagai cuti umum, kata Menteri Penerangan Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

ARKIB: 04/09/2008 – Cuti 16 September hanya muslihat Anwar.

KUALA LUMPUR 3 Sept. – Langkah Penasihat Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim menggembar-gemburkan bahawa tarikh 16 September wajar diisytiharkan sebagai cuti umum merupakan satu bentuk muslihat untuk membeli ‘perasaan’ rakyat Sabah dan Sarawak.

ARKIB UTUSAN: 02/09/2008 - Cuti 16 September tidak wajar dipolitikkan.

Timbalan Menteri Sumber Manusia, Datuk Noraini Ahmad ketika dihubungi berkata, cadangan pemberian cuti umum pada 16 September tidak sesuai kerana negara ini sudah pun mempunyai cuti kemerdekaan iaitu pada 31 Ogos.

PS- Baguslah PM Najib dah setuju cuti 16 september spt yang dicadang oleh Pakatan Rakyat.