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Federal Territory Day

national and public holidays in Malaysia Regional holiday in Malaysia

Federal Territory Day is a Regional Holiday in Malaysia

When is Federal Territory Day?

How long until Federal Territory Day?
This holiday next takes place in 346 Days.
Dates of Federal Territory Day
Year Weekday Date
2018 Thursday February 1st
2017 Wednesday February 1st
2016 Monday February 1st
2015 Monday February 2nd
Duration
1 Day
Summary
Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya only. Anniversary of the formation of the Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory in 1974

This regional public holiday is celebrated annually on 1 February.

If 1 February falls on a weekend, the following Monday will be observed as a holiday. The holiday may also be moved if it clashes with the public holiday for Chinese New Year.

It is a public holiday in the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

Also known as 'Hari Wilayah Persekutuan', the holiday marks the anniversary of the formation of the Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory in 1974.

History of Federal Territory Day

Malaysia took its modern form in 1963 when the former British colony of Singapore and the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, joined the Federation of Malaya. This event is marked by Malaysia Day.

At that time, Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia was part of the state of Selangor. On 28 January 1974, the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Agreement was signed and four days later, Kuala Lumpur become a federal territory under the control of the federal government.

In 1984, a second federal territory was created when the government of Sabah state ceded Labuan to the federal government.

Due to overcrowding in Kuala Lumpur, a new planned city, Putrajaya, was created as the centre for administration of Malaysia. This new city required Selangor to cede more land. The seat of Malaysian government was shifted from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya in 1999 and in 2001, Putrajaya become the third federal territory.

All three federal territories celebrate 1 February as a public holiday to mark the initial formation of Kuala Lumpur as a federal territory.

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