Originally Posted by henry_yew
Personally, I think a lot of people were making an unnecessary fuss out of this issue. While it is true that 31st of August is the Independence Day of Malaya and that Malaysia was formed on 16 September 1963, to me, arguing that the National Day shouldn't be on the 31st of August of every year is like saying that the king's birthday should be celebrated on his real birthday, instead of the first Saturday of June.
For all I care, National Day can be celebrated in May, August, September, December or any other dates. All that matters is what we are commemorating the day to. I believe that now 16 September is celebrated as Malaysia Day, so it commemorates the day Malaysia was formed.
You don't hear Hawaii and Alaska making a fuss about celebrating the 4th of July which is known as Independence Day, which isn't the day Alaska and Hawaii joined the Union.
Why should such nitty-gritty details be the potential source of a political rift?
Originally Posted by Xon
Alaska and Hawaii "joined" the union. We "formed" it together. It seriously means something, to me.
Exactly as Xon said. We weren't "Malaysia" before Sabah and Sarawak joined, we were just independent states - so in commemorating it's perfectly fair to ask that Malaysia Day be given a little more due recognition.
That said, it also has to be said that the 31st is Independence Day...I wouldn't call it National Day because that rightly lies with Malaysia Day, but there's nothing wrong in celebrating Independence Day too.
Rather, I think the debate over 31/8 vs 16/9 is sort of a focal point for the issue of Sabah and Sarawak being pretty screwed over as states. They've been the worst off for joining the federation, and I think the whole Malaysia Day problem just became this symbol of how they're essentially treated as secondary when the whole point of joining Malaysia was because it was supposed to be the better deal.
As for the song, what can I say...Rais Yatim is one shitty song-writer. And a shameless one at that. Seriously the man has a PhD not experience as a lyricist. Why the hell was he penning the song in the first place?
Lyrical quality aside, it's just disgusting how it says it's 'kini masa balas budi'.