Malaysia is 49 today. It marks the day when the Federation of Malaysia was formally formed among North Borneo (Sabah), Sarawak, Singapore and Malaya in 1963.
The declaration was made by Tun Abdul Rahman Putra al-Haj, our first prime minister who also paved the way for the Independence of Malaya on Aug 31, 1957.
In his Malaysia Day message, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak called on the people to uphold unity among the various race, religions and cultures in the country as to ensure continuous growth and stability for the country.
He also reminded Malaysians to remember and appreciate the sacrifices of past leaders in charting the path that has led the country achieved what it has today.
The government has chosen Bintulu, one of the main contributors to the national economic growth, as the venue for this year Malaysia Day celebration.
However, the opposition Pakatan Rakyat is celebrating it in Kuching with a signing of a 'Kuching Declaration'. Details will be released later today.
The declaration will be inked by PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar
Ibrahim, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, Pas president Datuk Seri Hadi
Awang, Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian, Sarawak DAP chairman Wong Ho Leng
and Sarawak Pas commissioner Adam Ahid.
Pakatan Rakyat says Malaysia Day is more significant to Sarawak than the Merdeka Day on August 31.
I dunno if Sarawakians and Sabahans agree to such a notion...