Sunday, November 12, 2006

The Most Important Fact in My Country's History - Malaysia

The formation of Malaysia is the most important fact in Malaysia history else we will not be seeing Malaysia in the world map now. Like it or not, it is very confusing and there are always debates brought up surrounding this fact. It's a never ending debate. Frankly I got so fed up with it. For me, it doesn't matter! What matter the most is nation building. It's history! HISTORY! Look ahead! Wasting time and energy in debating this issue for what?!?!!? There are much more important issues to solve!

Anyway, the following will be the brief fact to the formation of Malaysia.
On 16 September 1963, the formation of Malaysia which consisted of the Federation of Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Singaore was formally promulgated. However, Brunei declined to join Malaysia. In 1965, Singapore seceded from Malaysia to form the Republic of Singapore.
According to the above, Malaysia is only 43 years old and not 49 years old. However, we celebrate our national day on 31st August every year because the Federation of Malaya achieved its independence on the 31st August 1957. Confused already? *LOL* Ah well... The debate will never end.

Very important and confusing fact, don't you think?

Posted by, Sweet Surrender


Blogger Jock said...

Very confusing! :)
Can you make a draw to explain? hehe

2:30 PM  
Blogger Bee Kiang said...

Actually Jock, it's like this: As with all countries who first proclaimed their independence, Malaysia's independence day is on the 31st August 1957, which includes the Malaya peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak (from the Borneo island) and Singapore. That is the date when the country is free from British rule. What Sweetsurrender was trying to say is that the country is only finally recognised to contain those places in 1963.

Since Singapore is part of the country, the letters '-si' was inserted to the name Malaya to be called what is now today 'Malaysia'.

But due to racial strife between the chinese and the malays (bulk of chinese being in Singapore), the then Prime Minister suggested that it would be better if Singapore was taken out of the equation. Yup, they kicked Singapore out, in 1965. But they kept the '-si' letters.

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Irene said...

jock, see... very confusing. Hahaha...

bee kiang, thanks for the explainations but I got more confused with your explainations :P Not sure whether others do get it or not? Between 1957-1963, Sabah and Sarawak were still under the British but not the Federation of Malaya. Both(Sabah & Sarawak) only join the formation of M'sia in September 1963. Am I getting it correct? :P This is why people kept debating on it.
As for the name LOL.. I have no idea about that.

5:20 AM  
Anonymous Neo said...

Ha... sleepy lei when it comes to history.

5:19 PM  
Anonymous Irene said...

Heheheh... Neo, indeed it's sleepy when come to history.

12:16 PM  
Blogger Say Lee said...

You do have imagination, I must grant you that, Bee Kiang.

By the same token, Asia must have been known as Aa before Francis Light discovered Singapore.

12:41 AM  

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