I’m not asking for a public holiday or anything – although that would be nice – but all I’m hoping for is that we keep this day special in our Sarawakian heart.
As a true Sarawakian, I consider July 22nd as an important date in our beloved State’s history.
On that exact day in 1963, Sarawak established our first cabinet – the cabinet of self-governed Sarawak.
We were officially a new political entity in this world.
We were free from British rule and we, Sarawakians, would now decide our fate and destiny.
Our leaders then decided that the best way to move forward was to be part of a bigger group and that’s why we formed the group called Malaysia on September 16th, that same year.
For 48 years, we’ve been making great music together with the other members of our group – Sabah and Malaya.
We had another group member but Singapura decided it was better to go for a solo career in 1965 and since then we’ve been happy with Singapura’s progress. Haven’t we?
Over the year’s group Malaysia and it’s group members Sarawak, Sabah and Malaya have produced a few hits, but then there have also been a few misses. Perfectly natural…especially for a relatively “young” group like ours.
To ensure that Malaysia continues to make wonderful music, I do believe that it is in Sarawak’s best interest to develop itself to the best of its abilities.
That means that if we can ensure that Sarawak will be “all that it can be”, Malaysia too will surely be the best that it can be.
Each group member realises that it cannot make the best music alone – it needs each and every group member to be at their best, in order to come up with the best!
In the meantime, let’s all celebrate September 16th as Malaysia Day to remember the day we formed our great Federation of Malaysia.
And let’s celebrate August 31st as Merdeka Day to remember the day Peninsular Malaysia achieved independence from the British.
AND let’s celebrate (if not on a big or medium budget, at least in our hearts) July 22nd to remember the day that our great State of Sarawak achieved it’s independence.
HAPPY SARAWAK DAY!
The writer for the blog Mulu View describes Sarawak Day quite well in his/her posting Sarawak plays positive roles in enriching identity of Nation