Malaysia Day should be celebrated by all

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BY RACHEL MINA

KUCHING: All Malaysians should accept Malaysia Day as the most vital and historic day in the country’s history, according to political analyst Datuk Peter Minos.

He opined that Sept 16 marks the formation of Malaysia and that it is important to be celebrated as a whole country.

“We understand why Malayans are keen about Aug 31 since it commemorates the day of independence from the British in 1957. Frankly speaking, we in Sabah and Sarawak do not quite share the same feelings on this matter.

“Meanwhile, Sarawakians commemorated July 22 as the historical day when Sarawak was liberated from British rule.

“Therefore, Malaysia Day should be honoured by everyone including those in Peninsular Malaysia as the most important day since Malaysia is born and formed on Sept 16, 1963, in which Sabah and Sarawak joined Malaya,” he said.

Commenting on the ongoing issue of Malaysia Day being being celebrated only between Sabah and Sarawak, he added that the celebrations should be rotated among Sabah, Sarawak, and Malaya.

Following that, he advised that other states in Peninsular Malaysia should change their mentality and view Malaysia Day as important as other historical days.

Emphasising that every state in Malaysia should be aware of Malaysia Day, he said: “To me, Malaysia Day is the most important date of all the other dates, and it should be celebrated in full joy and happiness by all Malaysians.”

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