KUCHING: Today, Sept 16, is a significant day where Malaysians across the country celebrate Malaysia Day.
On this day in 1963, Sarawak, Sabah, Malaya and Singapore joined together to form Malaysia.
However, Singapore separated from Malaysia to become an independent state in August 1965.
Like every Malaysian, especially Sarawakian, including leaders from both the government and opposition hope to see its rights under the MA63 to be restored and upheld.
Here, leaders have shared their thoughts and wishes in conjunction with the Malaysia Day.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar
“I hope that the unity among the people of Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular will become closer, and not to have too many polemics or point fingers among one another that does not show any results. At the same time, I hope that the negotiations to reclaim the rights of these two states (Sabah and Sarawak) under the MA63 as well as the rights that are enshrined under the agreement must be returned through good negotiations.”
Minister of Women, Early Childhood and Community Well-being Development Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah
“I want a Malaysia that we all can be proud of, be it physically, economically, socially developed, politically stable including peace and harmony. We want to make sure that no one is left behind. And we want to see Malaysia where Sarawak is an equal partner in every sense of the word.”
Deputy Minister for Youth, Sports and Entrepreneur Development Datuk Gerald Rentap Jabu
“Happy Malaysia Day! It is in my hope that all Malaysian can live as a family, uniting all races and religion under one roof progressing together as this is the vision and aspirations of our founding fathers to see all Malaysian sit, eat on one platform enhancing mutual respect, celebrating our unity in diversity and most importantly sharing the love for our beloved nation. We only have this nation as our home, Tanah Tumpah Darah Ku. In unity we prosper and develop.”
Deputy Minister for Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Datuk Snowdan Lawan
“Sept 16, 1963, a new nation was formed and saw the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) signed in London on July 9, 1963. More significantly these entities were no longer regarded as different regional entities but now known as a Federation of Malaysia. For Sarawak it saw the beginning of our state in pursuing development progress and administering our state away from the colonial British in line with the MA63 spirit as recommended in the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) Reports.”