31st August is Hari Malaya, not Hari Malaysia. Keep the Jalur Gemilang at home and do not dishonour our brothers and sisters in Sabah and Sarawak

Posted on August 30, 2012


My fellow Tottenham Hotspur supporter, Felix, wrote in Facebook earlier yesterday :  Saya hanya akan kibarkan Jalur Gemilang pada Hari Malaysia kerana (1) hanya Semenanjung yg merdeka pada 31 Ogos (2) Malaysia telah ditubuhkan pada 16 Sep dgn penyertaan Sabah & Sarawak (3) Janji2 yg dibuat kpd mereka pada masa itu sudah dilupai dan tidak ditepati. Sekian terima kasih dari Anak Bangsa Malaysia.

Felix is almost absolutely right.

Malaya got its independence from the British on 31st August, 1957.

Many do not know that, 16 days before the formation of Malaysia, in 1963, Sabah ( then North Borneo ) gained its independence from the British, too, on 31st August, that year. More of this in another posting.

BN’s celebration on the 31st of August will flaunt the Jalur Gemilang,

Jalur Gemilang, with 13 stripes and a 13-pointed star

Flag of Malaya – 11 stripes and 11-pointed star

ignoring that the celebration of independence on that day relates to the independence of Malaya, in 1957, and not the formation of Malaysia in 1963.

BN’s Merdeka logo clearly bears the number 55, indicating a celebration of 55 years of independence.

For a long time, 31st August was celebrated as the independence day of Malaysia, and 16th September would pass as an inconsequential day in our history.

Many of you may feel that I am making much ado about the difference of two more stripes and star points, but this gross distortion of our history has for a long time served to, in my view quite understandably, hurt the feelings of our fellow Malaysians in Sabah and Sarawak.

Since 2007, this blog bears a Jalur Gemilang in the side bar, but upside down, adopting an internationally recognised distress signal, reflecting the dire state of the nations making up Malaysia, and so I will  be proudly waving the Jalur Gemilang tonight at Dataran, on the 31st of August or on Hari Malaysia on 16th September.

However, to those of you who are minded to unfurl a flag tonight at Dataran or on the 31st of August, please, like Felix, shame BN, honour history, and do the right thing.