By Jude Toyat
Today, September 16 is a meaningful day for Malaysians as we observe this auspicious day commemorating the establishment of the Federation of Malaysia in 1963.
The Borneo Post SEEDS interviewed some fellow citizens to get their views on what this day meant to them and why they are proud to be Malaysian.
Malaysia Day means a lot to Nurshahida Punjap from Kuching, as it signifies the sovereignty that our country has always longed for and the independence that we have achieved.
“I love Malaysia because it is a place I call home. I travel quite a lot but I must say, Malaysia always holds a special place in my heart and I guess that’s what makes me Malaysian. Happy Malaysia Day fellow Malaysians,” the 29-year-old admin assistant said, adding that the peace and freedom in Malaysia is what makes her appreciate every single thing in her life here and think that it is a place like no other.
As for 29-year-old Kuchingite Feliatie Mohd Feliquel, she expressed her love for Malaysia by saying, “I am Malaysian because I was born here and fortunately, I feel blessed because of the cultural diversity that equals to an amazing variety of food, and of course it’s available 24 hours a day.
“You can’t find anything like this in any country. Thank you Malaysia for letting me eat well. Happy Malaysia Day!”
Food being one of the major attraction in Malaysia, 20-year-old student from Sabah, Catherine Tan said that she loves the country as much as she loves the food.
“We are what we eat and hence I am fully Malaysian because I am fully loaded with all the amazing varieties of foods in Malaysia.
“Everywhere I go I will be sure to rave about how amazing our local delicacies are. Happy Malaysia Day!,” she added.
During this auspicious occasion, Joshua Teriki, a 23-year-old student from Simunjan expressed his love for the country and yearns for more progressive development.
“I love Malaysia and I wish all of you a happy Malaysia Day. May our country progress in everywhere and in everything so that the whole world should be proud of us,” he added.
Happy Holiday and Happy Malaysia Day, dearest Malaysians! Let’s keep unity, peace and harmony our mutual goal and strive diligently to make a better home for our future generations in this uniquely diverse and multiracial nation.