Ok, I'm not trying to ruin this beautiful, historical day by being all politically correct and shit.
Well actually I am.
Thanks to our marvellous, undisputably factually correct history books, we grew up believing that today, Malaysia is 54 years old.
Thanks to a handful of learned people out there, probably half of us now believe that this is not true.
Peninsular Malaysia has been independent since 1957. So they have the right to celebrate it with truckloads of fireworks.
But Borneo was only truly free from the British ruling 6 years later, when Borneo, Malaya and Singapore formed Malaysia on September 16, 1963.
Or is it? Somebody has to explain the date (31st August 1963) to me though. Was it just to standardised the celebration? Before the formation? Anyone?
Back to the issue, do we Borneons celebrate independence day on August 31st or September 16th?
Supposedly, September 16th should be more a significant date to us Borneons, but do we really celebrate the historical day with much vigor as we do with August 31st? We get a holiday, and most of us spend that day sleeping in. Fireworks? Meh. Zzz.
And only recently that our Prime Minister declares 16th September as a nationwide holiday, whereas for decades, it was only celebrated by us in the East. That's kinda unfair for our West Malaysian counterparts, isn't it? So thank you PM for acknowledging Malaysia Day. Just don't ruin it by renaming it to 1Malaysia Day. I WILL spend my day sleeping in if you do.
That being said, the politically correct age of Malaysia is 48 years old, not 54.
So is there any harm to wish Borneons a happy independence day, when they came 'late' 16 days?
I think not. If Tunku Abdul Rahman didn't do his thang, Malaya wouldn't be independent and Malaysia wouldn't be formed (albeit 6 years late). So the Merdeka celebration should be celebrated by Borneons too, and likewise, Malaysia Day should be celebrated by West Malaysians
In conclusion, to avoid misconception, I suggest we get educated, take our time to read these interesting articles, and open our eyes and mind.
We're still a young country, and we still have a long way to go.
Happy 54th Independence Day y'all.