Merdeka and Malaysia Day

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Most countries around the world celebrate a single national day, but in Malaysia there are two anniversaries which are commemorated. Merdeka Day on August 31 celebrates the end of British rule in Malaya; and Malaysia Day marks the formation of the Federation of Malaysia on September 16, 1963, a whole six years after “Merdeka” was proclaimed by Tunku Abdul Rahman (the new Federation brought together Malaya, Singapore, Sabah [North Borneo] and Sarawak). For the very first time this year, Malaysia Day was added to the list of Federal public holidays in a move that may help bridge the widening gap between ...


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