KOTA KINABALU: The celebration of Malaysia Day on 16 September will be more
prominence shall the proposal to call future national day as Independence Day on August
31 without mentioning the anniversary year is accepted.
Minister of Special Tasks Datuk Teo Chee Kang in welcoming the proposal by
Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said in
doing so, it will clear the confusion caused to Sabahans.
Teo who is also the president of Liberal Democratic Party when commenting yesterday
on the statement by Ahmad said: “All these years whenever we celebrate Independence
Day somehow Sabahans will get perplexed.”
“It is recognition of the historical fact that Malaya gained independence on 31 August
1957 whereas Sabah achieved self rule exactly 6 years later on 31 Aug 1963,” he said.
However, it may still not go down well with Sarawak which gained independence on 22
July 1963, he said.
“Therefore, we should give more prominence to Malaysia Day on 16 September 1963,
the day when a new nation called Malaysia was born,” suggested Teo.