It's 31st of August, and it is the National Day in Malaysia.
Just as every year, there will be among us, some who would dig out about the Malaya Independence Day instead of Malaysia topic. Well, this piece is solely my opinion and let me get this straight.
By technical date, 31st of August 1957 was indeed the declaration of the Malayan Federation. It was not until 31st of August 1963 that Sabah finally declared Self-Government Day and later joined in by Sarawak. However, the joining of the two Borneo states with Malaya Federation to form Malaysia was not going very smoothly, with tension from Sukarno over from the Indonesia side. And hence, it was until 16th September 1963 that Malaysia was officially formed.
If you ask me, is the debate of 16th September being Malaysia Day more appropriate, I would not say no. However, while we are firing questions about how true is this and that, I realized we are slowly losing the point.
National Day or Independence Day, is eventually just a date to commemorate an event, where our nation was no longer governed by the crown of British, but our own. It was a note, that there was a point when we were given the chance to grow up and run our own country and be on our own. It is not, however, a literal representation of a certain date, like birthday. Going down the literal line, I wouldn't be able to tell on which day I should celebrate Christmas, or when was Aristotle born due to the different calendars used and the really screwed up time difference at that time.
In my humble opinion, I see this day, as a reminder, for who we really are and to reflect on whether it is worth it, whether all the effort done by all the people during the time were not in vain. Have we really gone independent? Are we able to run on our own? Are we keeping up with the rest of the world? Are the people better off now and treated more at home?
These are the questions we should ask and in response, refining our personal quality, to work towards a better country and provide a better place for generations and generations to come.
I'm proud to be Malaysian and glad I have a home there. But let's not forget that we are the children of the world too.