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kudat
19-10-2009, 11:50 AM
After 46 years of the formation of Malaysia as a country, finally, 16th September will be accorded a national holiday.

Finally.....

i wonder if the crucial and pivotal votes from Sabah and Sarawak that enabled the BN to stay on as the federal government are not there, will there be recognition of this day?

Sentinel
19-10-2009, 11:55 AM
Finally.....

i wonder if the crucial and pivotal votes from Sabah and Sarawak that enabled the BN to stay on as the federal government are not there, will there be recognition of this day?The timing of the announcement that September 16 is a National Holiday leaves a bitter taste in the mouth, doesn't it Kudat? Especially if I am an East Malaysian, I would think the timing really suspicious...

Sabahans have been known to be very independent-minded and take decisions courageously... lets hope they see the light this coming GE13.

p.s. The headlines in the various MSM today seems to be the 600,000 aliens in Sabah and with this announcement, do you see any link between the 2 subjects? :D

jimmyay
19-10-2009, 12:35 PM
That means taxpayer money have to be use to celebrate both holiday.

Sentinel
19-10-2009, 12:37 PM
But September 16th is the day of the formation of Malaysia, when Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore joined Malaya. That should be celebrated to build closer bonding between East & West Malaysians.

hezron
19-10-2009, 01:05 PM
any way, its good to know that next year onward we start celebrate the formation of Malaysian too...
not only independence of Malaya... :D

firefox
19-10-2009, 01:34 PM
A very popular decision by our PM and at a good timing too.

Sentinel
19-10-2009, 01:57 PM
A very popular decision by our PM and at a good timing too.Why do say the timing is good?

Raikonen
19-10-2009, 02:00 PM
But September 16th is the day of the formation of Malaysia, when Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore joined Malaya. That should be celebrated to build closer bonding between East & West Malaysians.

Shouldnt Najib invite Lee Kuan Yew then next year? :D

Sentinel
19-10-2009, 02:05 PM
Shouldnt Najib invite Lee Kuan Yew then next year? :DHa Ha Ha! Thats a witty one...

But Singapore has already had their OneSingapore way back in 1990 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piF_2PQSkBM :D

firefox
19-10-2009, 02:20 PM
Why do say the timing is good?

Isn't the state election next year?

Sentinel
19-10-2009, 02:21 PM
Isn't the state election next year?Only Sarawak... not Sabah me think.

monster
19-10-2009, 11:47 PM
so, Hari Kebangsaan (National Day) is now 16th Sept.... and 31 Aug would it be now called Hari Kemerdekaan (Independence Day).

Looks like all those school books would need to be reprinted....someone laughing all the way to the bank.

Blue Jasmine
20-10-2009, 08:43 AM
so, Hari Kebangsaan (National Day) is now 16th Sept.... and 31 Aug would it be now called Hari Kemerdekaan (Independence Day).

Looks like all those school books would need to be reprinted....someone laughing all the way to the bank.


malaysian must be happy. it seems like we have the most public holidays.

totoro
20-10-2009, 08:45 AM
malaysian must be happy. it seems like we have the most public holidays.
well, I for one, have no issues with it at all... =)

besitai2007
20-10-2009, 10:24 AM
It's just another holiday. A former JAICA Japanese peace corp officer who was with me had said, "Malaysia too many holidays, ah so?" In Japan, they can't think of taking extra days off even. This JAICA fellow brings along a loaf of bread and eats it while he works during lunch time. Not like us Malaysians, punch in at 7.30 am and off to the canteen for breakfast. Off to lunch early and late coming back. By 4.00 pm, relax already. 5.00 pm punch out on the dot and chow! How to progress?

Sugarfree
20-10-2009, 10:30 AM
malaysian must be happy. it seems like we have the most public holidays.not the bosses! :p

firefox
20-10-2009, 12:00 PM
malaysian must be happy. it seems like we have the most public holidays.

Majority of the holdays are related to religion. Our ex PM now only realises that we have too many holidays.

AllUrban
20-10-2009, 03:16 PM
But September 16th is the day of the formation of Malaysia, when Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore joined Malaya. That should be celebrated to build closer bonding between East & West Malaysians.Last month m sent a message to Najib that basically said this:

"Malaysians must have the opportunity to celebrate Merdeka Day / Independence Day on August 31 and Malaysia Day on September 16. Independence Day commemorates our past and our attempts to take control over our own destiny, while Malaysia Day reflects our pride in who we are today and our hopes for the future.

It is my hope that Merdeka Day (31/8) would mark the beginning of a National Celebration period and Malaysia Day (16/9) would be the culmination of that celebration."

Cheers, m

ps. by limiting National Celebration to between 31/8 and 16/9 there are a few benefits:

*the timeline ensures that the celebrations will be very exciting...instead of being spread out
*Malaysians can come together to celebrate both holidays...resolving some of the long-term resentment that has been felt
*The time in between the holidays will be a celebration of ordinary Malaysians (not political figures) ... and their achievements, aspirations and hopes
*The down time in between the holidays (i.e. not the weekends) can be used for discussions & dialogues & learning

AllUrban
20-10-2009, 03:37 PM
Shouldnt Najib invite Lee Kuan Yew then next year? :DApparently LKYs birthday is September 16. Also the official Birthday of the Governor of Sabah.

Cheers, m

Sparrow
20-10-2009, 03:57 PM
But September 16th is the day of the formation of Malaysia, when Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore joined Malaya. That should be celebrated to build closer bonding between East & West Malaysians.

Should be reword as "when sabah, sarawak, singapore and malaya FORMED Malaysia". No one is joining malaya.

currymee
20-10-2009, 04:11 PM
Yeh !! Another HAPPY HOLIDAY :D SInce I have also declared my birthday as another "public hoilday" - that makes it 18 gazatted holidays and God knows how many "specials" - Malaysia Boleh !! :D

Firebird
20-10-2009, 04:34 PM
Another holiday?!? Mother-cooking-spareribs-porridge! Wow. Things can only get better! :rolleyes: :D

*Note: Before anyone misinterprets the above exclamation, let me say that it is no different than Holy Molly! Jumping lizards! Goodness gracious! and the such. :D

siewdanny
20-10-2009, 11:27 PM
Malaysia is one of the very few countries with so many public and state holidays. my friend who migrated overseas says one of the many things he missed are the public holidays.

kudat
21-10-2009, 08:20 AM
'Malaysia' (inclusive of Sabah and Sarawak, since Malayadid not include these two states) had been celebrating 31st August for almost 50 years!! Since technically, Malaysia did not come about on 31st August 1957 (as we have all been suitably told; remember Hari Kebangsaan ke 50 two years ago??), but on 16th Sept 1963, what the heck were we celebrating?

All these years, we celebrated a non event?

AllUrban
21-10-2009, 08:57 AM
'Malaysia' (inclusive of Sabah and Sarawak, since Malayadid not include these two states) had been celebrating 31st August for almost 50 years!! Since technically, Malaysia did not come about on 31st August 1957 (as we have all been suitably told; remember Hari Kebangsaan ke 50 two years ago??), but on 16th Sept 1963, what the heck were we celebrating?

All these years, we celebrated a non event?It's all a technicality.

See my post above on how to move past it.

By the way...if you want to lose a few of those holidays, I would suggest the following:

1) combine the celebration of the 'birthday' of the Sultan, YDPB, YDPN and YDPA into a single national holiday

2) get rid of the Federal Territories Day

3) Do not make the Birthday of Prophet Muhammad as a national holiday (it's technically inappropriate for muslims to celebrate his birthday)

4) Make Hari Raya Puasa and Chinese New Year as 1 day holidays instead of 2-day holidays.

Happy Working

Cheers, m

currymee
21-10-2009, 09:54 AM
Allurban,

You workaholic or what? :p People want to give more holidays - TAKE :D "Don't look at a gift horse in the mouth " :rolleyes:

Raikonen
21-10-2009, 10:03 AM
Allurban,

You workaholic or what? :p People want to give more holidays - TAKE :D "Don't look at a gift horse in the mouth " :rolleyes:

Too many holidays...no good...people in bolehland are not productive as it is...WE should reduce the number of public holidays.

currymee
21-10-2009, 10:06 AM
Too many holidays...no good...people in bolehland are not productive as it is...WE should reduce the number of public holidays.

Well, that's what all mgmt and bosses will say - NOT US THE WORKERS :rolleyes:

AllUrban
21-10-2009, 10:50 AM
Well, that's what all mgmt and bosses will say - NOT US THE WORKERS :rolleyes:Currymee, just want to give people a choice....to know what they gain and lose.

Malaysia Day and the National Celebration as I see it is more useful for the country than FT day and double celebration of the Head of State's birthday.

CW Kee's Durian Life cartoons explore the theme of boss vs. workers when it comes to holidays. The cartoon in today's Star is quite funny.

Cheers, m

currymee
21-10-2009, 10:57 AM
Currymee, just want to give people a choice....to know what they gain and lose.

Malaysia Day and the National Celebration as I see it is more useful for the country than FT day and double celebration of the Head of State's birthday.

CW Kee's Durian Life cartoons explore the theme of boss vs. workers when it comes to holidays. The cartoon in today's Star is quite funny.

Cheers, m

Really, I have not seen the papers this morning - thanks for the heads up :)

firefox
21-10-2009, 12:05 PM
Take away all the state and public holidays, annual leave,medical leave and the weekends how many days do we really work in a year?, your guess is as good as mine.