First of all, I would like to apologize for my absence. It is not that I want to leave blogging because writing has been my passion since High School, but I just joined a new workplace and though the works are not as hard as when I was still practicing as a lawyer, the volumes are definitely much more crazier. So, I can’t steal time to blog, as what I did previously.
Nevertheless, today 16th of September 2014 is Malaysia Day. A public holiday in Malaysia and apart from that, it is a special day to commemorate the establishment of a new country called Malaysia.
51 years ago, Malaysia was formed. The states in the Federation of Malaya together with Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak formed Malaysia on this very day, 51 years ago. 51 years had passed, and I think we have achieved so much though some we are still lacking behind.
“…. WHEREAS by an Agreement made on the Ninth day of July in the year one thousand nine hundred and sixty-three between the Federation of Malaya, the United Kingdom, North Borneo, Sarawak and Singapore it was agreed that there shall be federated the States of Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore with the Federation of Malaya comprising the states of Pahang, Trengganu, Kedah, Johore, Negri Sembilan, Kelantan, Selangor, Perak, Perlis, Penang and Malacca, and that the Federation shall thereafter be called “MALAYSIA”…
…that MALAYSIA comprising the States of Pahang, Trengganu, Kedah, Johore, Negri Sembilan, Kelantan, Selangor, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Malacca, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak shall by the Grace of God, the Lord of the Universe, forever be an independent and sovereign democratic State founded upon liberty and justice, ever seeking to defend and uphold peace and harmony among its people and to perpetuate peace among nations.“
To my fellow Malaysians, no matter where we are, who we are, be it orang Semenanjung, orang Sabah, orang Sarawak, Malays, Chinese, Indians, Dusuns, Ibans, Bajaus, orang dan lain-lain or orang Singapura for that matter (Singaporeans were once Malaysians too), let us unite as one, because no matter what, we are all Malaysians.
Selamat Hari Malaysia Ke-51 2014.