Today is Malaysia Day, which is the date when Malaysia was officially formed. Not as some people like to say, when “Sabah and Sarawak joined Malaysia”.
Malaysia didn’t exist — it only came into being after Malaya, North Borneo (Sabah), Sarawak and Singapore came together to form it. I am reminded of this by a good friend in Sabah.
(Singapore left Malaysia less than two years later, but that’s another story.)
So when someone says “Happy Birthday Malaysia” on the 31st of August, it’s technically incorrect. That is the date when Malaya became independent from the British.
On the peninsular, we don’t consider our East Malaysian counterparts enough, I think.
I discovered recently that there are Malaysians who think that Sabah is another country. Erm… what?
Perhaps not everyone remembers everything that was taught in history classes (I certainly don’t) but isn’t this general knowledge?
I’ve been working on a project that’s heavily based in Sabah lately, and I’m starting to get an inkling of what it’s like on their side of the sea. Things are different there.
Back in uni, I used to listen to my Ecology professor talk about how amazing the biodiversity in Malaysia is. In Sabah, there are things that grow that I’m only just beginning to discover.
It’s going to be an adventure!