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Malaysia Day

national and public holidays in Malaysia National holiday in Malaysia

Malaysia

When is Malaysia Day?

How long until Malaysia Day?
This holiday next takes place in 331 Days.
Dates of Malaysia Day
Year Weekday Date
2019 Monday September 16th
2018 Sunday September 16th
2017 Saturday September 16th
2016 Friday September 16th
2015 Wednesday September 16th
Duration
1 Day
Summary
In 1963, the former British colony of Singapore and the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, joined the Federation of Malaya

This holiday is always celebrated on 16 September. It is also known as ' Hari Malaysia'

History of Malaysia Day

It commemorates 16 September 1963, when the former British colony of Singapore and the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, joined the Federation of Malaya to create the Malaysian Federation.

Singapore only remained in the federation for two years, leaving on 9 August 1965.

Originally this date was planned for 1 June 1963, but it was delayed twice; once to 31 August to make it coincide with an older national day, and then delayed again to allow referendums to take place in certain regions.

Malaysia Day has only been a national holiday since 2010. On announcing this holiday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the day would involve activities that would foster the Malaysia spirit and would be celebrated with formal events such as a parade to commemorate the historical moment. He added that it should remind the Malaysian people about their struggle in achieving independence.

On 31 August, Malaysians celebrate Independence Day (Merdeka Day), so it is unusual for a country to effectively have two independence day holidays.

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