Malaysia Day Parade In Kota Kinabalu
Malaysia celebrated its National Day on 31st August 2011, and we celebrated our Malaysia Day on 16th September 2011.
Why National Day and Malaysia Day? In part, it is due to politics. The agreement for the Malaysia’s independence was reached on February 8, 1956 with the British. Due to logistics and administrative purposes, the official proclamation of independence was made the next year, on August 31, 1957.
The Federation of Malaysia which included Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore was officially declared on 16th September 1963, 6 years after independence. Sabah and Sarawak was then called North Borneo back in those days, and as you know, Singapore pulled out of Malaysia not long after.
Peninsular Malaysia is commonly referred to as West Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak called East Malaysia. In the 1970s, East Malaysia time was one hour ahead of Peninsular Malaysia. I cannot remember when they standardized the time but it made things easier when they did. This also caused some visitors from West Malaysia to asked why the sun seemed to set earlier than in West Malaysia. Even today, many people do not remember that there was a time difference.
National Holidays In Malaysia
The good thing about having both National Day and Malaysia Day, it gives everybody an extra holiday. So we have one more reason to celebrate, and who would say no to extra holidays?
Since I attended my angel’s kindergarten school activities on 16th September, I missed the parade. The following Malaysia Day parade took place in Kota Kinabalu city, along the Waterfront. The photos were taken by Norif Paival Yahya.
In events such as this, it is almost impossible to list down all the participants from the various government departments, schools and organizations in Sabah. There were a great many organizations that took part in the parade, and many that worked behind the scenes to ensure it all went well. There were also volunteers and supporters that turned out in keeping with our Malaysian spirit.
Thank you for putting on a great show.
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