Malaysia Day vs. National Day

August 27th, 2005 in Writings

Our national day is 31st August. “Hari Kemerdekaan Malaysia”, they call it.

I began to wonder, why is this 31st August more important than 16 September? Isn’t 16 september the actual date when Malaysia is born? 31st August is just the independence of peninsula, known as Persekutuan Tanah Melayu 1957 (or Federation of Malaya as refered from wikipedia).

How about Sabah and Sarawak? We have not yet archieve our independence that time. We’re still under the British until the late Tunku Abdul Rahman suggested Malaysia. And Malaysia is born on 16 September 1963.

Everyone seems to forget that 16 September. I think this date is a much more important date than 31 August.

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  1. 1 Gravatar Icon Phoebe
    August 27th, 2005 at 11:37 pm

    yea exactly.

  2. 2 Gravatar Icon Jason
    August 27th, 2005 at 11:46 pm

    Because 31st of August is a date easier to remember? Last day of August woh~! :noworry:

  3. 3 Gravatar Icon davors
    August 28th, 2005 at 3:49 am

    it is not wise to argue on this la…

  4. 4 Gravatar Icon Andy
    August 28th, 2005 at 4:33 am

    Because the majority of the population is in the peninsular?

    Because the administrative and capital city is in the peninsular?

    Because August 31 comes before September 16?

    Actually, Sabah and Sarawak never had independence (majority of the population voted to join the peninsular through a referendum, instead of voting for independence).

    And the Tunku initially wanted to schedule the formation of Malaysia on August 31 but it was delayed till the Sept 16 that we know now. (I’m sure you already know these two points through Sejarah :P )

    I’m sure we would’ve done the same thing too if Malaysia Day was celebrated before Independence Day. Both days are equally important to Malaysians. Btw, I’ve added the date at the Wikipedia article already. ;)

  5. 5 Gravatar Icon Justin Wong
    August 28th, 2005 at 1:08 pm

    Yes, I agree that 16 September is more important.

    That’s because its my birthday.. :P

  6. 6 Gravatar Icon NSDS3HvLDjJd
    August 28th, 2005 at 2:27 pm

    Sabah and Sarawak together with Singapore and Malaya formed Malaysia, not join it.

    16 September is more important to me than 31 August.

  7. 7 Gravatar Icon ZEO
    August 28th, 2005 at 2:48 pm

    I totally disagree wif NSDS3HvLDjJd. If there were no 31st August 1957 and there probably no 16 September to be remembered. :happy:

  8. 8 Gravatar Icon GeminiGeek
    August 28th, 2005 at 3:54 pm

    davors, I am not trying arguing anything. Just wanted to remind everyone that Malaysia is born 16 September, not 31 August. We all celebrate 31 August, but do we celebrate 16 September? As I know, the answer is no.

    Andy, I do realise that the reason Malaysia is formed in the 16 September is because of some delay. But imagine if a mother is pregnant, and the baby is expected to born on 15 January. But unexpectedly, the baby came out earlier, on 10 January. Now if we celebrate this baby’s birthday, are we going to celebrate it on 15 January? So now Malaysia is formed 16 September, is “Hari Kemerdekaan Malaysia” 31 August?

    Justin Wong, well, an early happy birthday greeting to you :lol:

    ZEO, if there is no 16 September, will there be Malaysia?

    I still think 16 September is a more important date X/

  9. 9 Gravatar Icon noprojects
    August 29th, 2005 at 1:27 am

    yayay 16 sept tat ahh..we mirian create lor…haha

  10. 10 Gravatar Icon wongpk
    August 29th, 2005 at 9:30 pm

    Haha… Forget about it la…

  11. 11 Foolish Guy In Action » Blog Archive » Merdeka
    August 29th, 2005 at 9:32 pm

    [...] 31st August is coming very soon now. Like I saw in Geminigeek’s post this afternoon. I was also wondering about the 16th September thingy, this day only celebrated by Sabah and Sarawak only, and penisula Malaysia? They know nothing. What on earth is this?! I’m quite angry with these act, sound like Sabah and Sarawak is not their business. And they only talking about the 31st August. [...]

  12. 12 Gravatar Icon Bullshit
    December 15th, 2005 at 9:44 am

    this is bullshit !

  13. 13 Gravatar Icon Bullshit
    December 15th, 2005 at 9:47 am

    u know wut is National Day???????????
    It’s the date on which a state or territory achieved independence
    NOT the date Malaysia form or wut
    It’s the day we free from our tanah jajahan… isnt it more meaningful???

  14. 14 Gravatar Icon GeminiGeek
    December 15th, 2005 at 2:38 pm

    Yes, National day is the date which a state or territory archieved independence. Of course I know that. But do you know that on 31st August 1957, Sabah and Sarawak has NOT yet archieved independence? So, I still think that 16 September is an important date as well.

    GeminiGeek says:


  15. 15 Gravatar Icon somedudeacrossthestreet
    February 16th, 2006 at 2:12 pm

    They probably forgot about malaysia day after national day. When the people finished the week long national day celebration, then they told themselves they need a rest. When sep 16 came, which is unfortunately just 2 weeks away from Aug 31, they probably became lazy and told themselves that it’s ok that they don’t celebrate it, after all it’s about the same time. Eventually the two days were celebrated together on Aug 31, and Sep 16 is slowly forgotten after 3 decades.

    I think another thing is that singapore broke off, so the meaning is no longer there, since there is a new malaysia that has been born.


  16. 16 Gravatar Icon unknown
    March 13th, 2006 at 7:32 pm


  17. 17 Gravatar Icon BiroPen
    September 17th, 2006 at 12:10 am

    Yes, agree fully. We need to correct our history.

  18. 18 Gravatar Icon Fatin
    September 18th, 2006 at 10:00 pm

    both are important :) .If there’s no 31st augst,there’s no peaceful of Malaysia.But 16 sept is the date Malaysia was born,but if we’re not MERDEKA.There’s no 16 Sept and there’s no MALAYSIA :lol: Peace peace.Hikhik

  19. 19 Gravatar Icon Nelson
    August 29th, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    Both are not important!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :)

  20. 20 Gravatar Icon Rosemary
    September 1st, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    I think 31st august is more important according to our history….plus 31st august this date is much known world wide. :D and we should not argue about this. 31st august and 16th september are both important. exceot that 31st august is about 10 % more important thatn 16th september…..thats what i think loh!

  21. 21 Gravatar Icon 50 vs 44
    November 22nd, 2007 at 9:47 am

    Let us don’t agrue on the 16 September or 31 August first. But Malaysia is officially formed in 1963, not 1957. But somehow why 2007 is “50th” aniversary celebration of Malaysia ? :?:

    Do we celebrate the independence day of historical indentities just like:

    Gangga Negara, AD2 (Malaysia is 1800 years old!)
    Langkasuka, AD2 (Malaysia is 1800 years old!)
    Pan Pan, AD3 (Malaysia is 1700 years old!)
    Srivijaya, AD3 (Malaysia is 1700 years old!)
    Kedah Tua, 1136 (Malaysia is 871 years old!)
    Majapahit, 1293 (Malaysia is 714 years old!)
    Kesultanan Melaka, 1402 (Malaysia is 605 years old!)
    Kesultanan Johor, 1528 (Malaysia is 479 years old!)
    Persekutuan Patani Besar, 1603 (Malaysia is 404 years old!)
    Sarawak Brooke, 1841 (Malaysia is 166 years old!)
    Melayu Bersekutu, 1895 (Malaysia is 112 years old!)
    Melayu Tidak Bersekutu, AD1800 (Malaysia is 200 years old!)
    Borneo Utara, 1882 (Malaysia is 125 years old!)
    Penjajahan Jepun, 1941 (Malaysia is 66 years old!)
    Malayan Union, 1946 (Malaysia is 61 years old!)
    Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, 1948 (Malaysia is 59 years old!)

    If the celebration of Malaya, 1957 (Malaysia is 50 years old!) is valid, then the calculations of above are valid! :P

  22. 22 Gravatar Icon teckwyn
    February 1st, 2008 at 2:32 am

    31 August is important because it is also the date when Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak achieved their independence from the British. Even though Malaysia was only formed on 16 September, the Merdeka Day for all parts of Malaysia is still 31 August.

    However, we must remember that 1963 is the key year of reckoning – not 1957.

  23. 23 Gravatar Icon Zimmeh
    September 6th, 2008 at 7:37 am

    Malaysia might have been formed on 16 September, but we acquired independence on 31 August ’57 as entirely independent entity from British Colonies. You gotta make sure you understand the difference. The formation doesn’t really mean, independence. It just means that we have established ourselves as a new country, with a new name. The independence of the peninsular was the catalyst, which made Sabah , Sarawak and Singapore joined in.

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