Malaysians had been celebrating Merdeka Day for 64 years now and this day commemorates Malaysia’s declaration of independence.
However, Padang Rengas MP Nazri Aziz has in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday (14 December) said it is time for the nation to move forward as one by dropping the Independence Day celebration and celebrate only Malaysia Day instead.
He then pointed towards the federal constitution, saying the nations most supreme legal document do not reflect the Malaysia Agreement 1963.
Nazri also question why the Independence Day remains even though Malaysia Day is being included in the present constitutional amendments.
He added that the Merdeka Day has no meaning to the federation, hence, he suggested to drop the celebrations in favour of Malaysia Day.
Besides, Nazri said the 2 different celebrations had only caused a division among Malaysians in the peninsula and Malaysians in Sabah and Sarawak.
“Such a move can help erase the feeling of being different that is prevalent between the people in the peninsula and the two Borneo states.” Nazri said.
He also highlighted how the Merdeka Day was celebrated mostly in Peninsular Malaysia, while Hari Malaysia was celebrated mostly in Sabah and Sarawak.
Meanwhile, Kinabatangan MP Bung Moktar Radin said the people of the Borneo states did not want to leave Malaysia but felt that their rights had been stripped from them.
“We want equal development as seen in Peninsular Malaysia.” he said.
He demanded Putrajaya to allow both Sabah and Sarawak to manage their own projects with funds allocated under the federal budget, instead of waiting for the federal government to channel the funds to them.
This will allow both the states to carry out projects immediately.
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