August 31 not Malaysia Day


KUCHING: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Youth exco members disagree with recent comments by political analyst Datuk Mohd Fadzil Abdul Rahman who said it was pointless to argue on the Malaysia Day date.

The youth exco members pointed out that both the National Day on Aug 31 and Malaysia Day on Sept 16 had been gazetted as public holidays. 

“Both these dates not only carry patriotic themes in them but also important learning points and messages. 

“We disagree with Mohd Fadzil’s comments because we see that accurate historical facts on the formation of Malaysia are important to its netizens and citizens alike unless we choose to ignore history,” PRS Youth Exco member, Andy Lawrence said.

Romio Ding, another PRS Youth, echoed his comrade’s sentiments.

“History and science are two different faculties. History is about static past facts that cannot be rewritten. Science, on the other hand, evolves and cloning is possible as in pineapple varieties through extensive researches, trials and errors.

“History remains history because two or three separate events that happen on different dates cannot be common,” he said.

He further explained that even twins had different times recorded in their birth certificates although they came from the same womb.

However, both parents were equally joyful and happy to celebrate their births.

“Telling the people of Malaysia, especially Sabah and Sarawak, that Aug 31, 1957 is Malaysia Day is wrong.   

“Malaysia didn’t even exist then. It’s equivalent to making fake news simply because these are erroneous historical facts.”

Ding added that Sarawakians were proud and happy to celebrate Sarawak Day every July 22 and to celebrate Sept 16 as Malaysia Day with Sabah and Semenanjung.

“As for Aug 31, we leave the vigorous celebration to Semenanjung.

“Hence, let that celebration prevail on its own stand without twisting the date by making it common,” he added.

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