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Sayang Sabah - Berita Negeri Kita

MALAYSIA DAY CELEBRATION WILL BE MORE PROMINENCE

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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.

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