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Malaysia is not just an expanded Malaya. It is a merger of three entities – Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak. These three ought to make for a great mix, but half a century down the road, we are still stuck in ethnic-religious quandaries. Common sense tells us we should revisit the basics of our federalism and look for new paths of development.

Many West Malaysians will find it mind-boggling for Malaysians one day to celebrate three national days: August 31 as Merdeka Day for Malaya (1957) and Sabah (1963), July 22 as Merdeka Day for Sarawak (1963) and September 16 as Malaysia Day (1963).

This was part of the seven-point proposal made by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in his capacity as Parliamentary Opposition Leader during the celebration of the 51st anniversary of Sarawak on July 22 this year in Kuching.

“What 51st anniversary?” one may ask. Isn’t Malaysia 57 years old?

Few West Malaysians are aware that Malaysia is not simply an expanded Malaya, and it is not true that Sabah and Sarawak joined Malaya to form Malaysia.


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