It’s been a holiday-packed September and come Monday 16 September, we have yet another day off. Hurray for four-day work weeks!
What’s the significance this 16 September? It’s none other than Hari Malaysia where in 1963, the Malaysian Federation was born. The former state of Malaya, North Borneo (present day Sabah), Sarawak and Singapore joined to form the land we know today though Singapore’s membership was short lived due to social unrest and diplomatic disputes (it was expelled on 9 August 1965, which is National Day for Singapore).
Hari Malaysia became a public holiday for all from 2010 onwards. Previously, it was only celebrated in Sabah and Sarawak. In fact, some people may argue that Hari Malaysia is just as significant as Hari Kebangsaan.
Obviously, there’s no arguing in having an extra public holiday! So what are you going to do on your day off (and the weekend too)? How about these activities to learn more about Hari Malaysia as well as have some fun at the same time?
Foreboding Purpose Art Exhibition
Head to the National Art Gallery and check out this limited time only exhibition in commemoration of the late Ismail Zain who garnered international attention for his eccentric work of modern art. 17 September is the last day of the showcase!
Hari Malaysia and Publika Art Show
Another art exhibition in commemoration of Hari Malaysia, Publika in collaboration with the National Archive will be showcasing national artefacts including the 1951 Nash Rambler used by Tunku Abdul Rahman to declare independence in 1957. Head on over by 16 September to catch pieces of history in the flesh.
Malaysia Day at Taman Tugu
Hosted by the Philharmonic Society of Selangor and Friends of Taman Tugu, get together to sing along to patriotic songs. Happening from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. on 21 September.
Asia’s only travel event for women will be held on 21 and 22 September. The event aims to gather women to learn, be inspired and meet other brave, extraordinary women. Speakers of the two-day event include Marina Mahathir, Hannah Yeoh, Zee Avi and many more!
Photo by Ishan @seefromthesky on Unsplash