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Sarawak Day

national and public holidays in Malaysia National holiday in Malaysia

Malaysia
Sarawak New Parliament Building by Nicky Tay

When is Sarawak Day?

How long until Sarawak Day?
This holiday next takes place in 242 Days.
Dates of Sarawak Day
Year Weekday Date
2019 Monday July 22nd
2018 Sunday July 22nd
2017 Saturday July 22nd
2016 Friday July 22nd
Duration
1 Day
Summary
On 22 July 1963, the British granted Sarawak self-government on the condition that it joined Malaya, North Borneo and Singapore to form Malaysia

Sarawak Day is a regional public holiday in Malaysia and is always celebrated on 22 July. It marks the start of the period of self-governance for Sarawak in 1963.

What is Sarawak Day?

Sarawak is located on the north-west of the island of Borneo and became a British Colony in 1946 following the end of the Second World War.

On 22 July 1963, Sarawak attained self-government from the British Empire. On the same day, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Stephen Kalong Ningkan was appointed as Sarawak Chief Minister and the Supreme Council comprising Sarawak’s first ministerial cabinet was formed.

Sarawak only remained self-governing for less than two months until 16 September 1963 when it formed Malaysia together with North Borneo, Singapore and Malaya.

The holiday is not celebrated as Sarawak Independence as the British Governor remained in residence until 15 September 1963.

Sarawk Day has been a regional public holiday since 2016.

16 September 1963 has been celebrated with a national holiday called Malaysia Day since 2010.

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