The date which Malaysia turns 52. What exactly happen on this day? Public holiday? Of course! Hehehe.... Well, 31st August is a historical and memorable date for Malaysia. It is a national holiday which is celebrated every year. It is to commemorate the independence of the Federation of Malaya from British colonial rule on 31 August 1957. In a wider context, it also celebrates the formation of Malaysia.
Although Sabah and Sarawak gained their independence on 31 August 1963, Hari Kemerdekaan is a significant date throughout Malaysia. On this day, Malaysians from all backgrounds, race and religion celebrate together in a harmonious way.
Traditionally, a grand and colourful parade is held at the Merdeka Square in Kuala Lumpur, where people can attend and celebrate. Various government agencies and private sectors join together to participate in the parade. They will march in front of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong (the King), ministers, special guests and a sea of spectators.
Similarly, other parades are also held in different states. Each year, there will be a different theme for the Merdeka celebration. For 2009, the theme will be “1Malaysia, Rakyat Didahulukan, Pencapaian Diutamakan” (1Malaysia, the People Comes First, Achievement is a Priority).
This theme is in conjunction with concept of 1Malaysia, touted by the Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak. The concept promotes the unity of various social backgrounds and ethnicities in Malaysia.
This year’s celebration will mark the 52nd anniversary of Malaysian independence. For the first time in history, the Merdeka celebration will be held during the fasting month of Ramadhan. We are so lucky because we can fast in a very peace and comfortable country compared to those crisis country such as Palestine, Iraq and etc. So, let us pray to Allah S.W.T so that our brothers there will be saved and blessed by Allah S.W.T. Let us pray so that our country will be safe and our community will live in harmony and peace.
Happy 52nd Birthday, Malaysia.