Hey there! Did you know that tomorrow is ‘MALAYSIA DAY’? Yes, we know ‘Merdeka’ is over but Malaysia Day has been declared to fall on September 16th every year to commemorate the establishment of the Malaysian Federation on the same date in 1963. It marks the joining together of Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak, and Singapore back in the day, to form our beloved country as we know it today; MALAYSIA!
Over the years, Malaysia has transformed in so many ways. Not only did the country grow economically, progressing in the sectors of agriculture to computers and electronics, but also in its physical landscape. In ten years, Malaysia has completed numerous mega-projects that made it one of the most recognized developing countries in the world.
In 1994, traveling from the northern state of Kedah to the southern state of Johor by land was made easier with the completion of the North-South Expressway which runs 966 km. Better known by Malaysians as the PLUS Highway; it eases the travel from one end of Peninsular Malaysia to the other as it reduces traveling time tremendously.
Putrajaya was established in 1995. In 1999, the seat of government shifted from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya to serve as the Federal Administrative Centre of Malaysia. Thus Putrajaya today is known as the Federal Territory although Kuala Lumpur remains to be the country’s national capital.
In 1998 the KL International Airport, commonly known as KLIA, was built and it has been known to be in the top five best airports in the world several times between 2006 and 2008 according to Business Times of the New Straits Times daily newspaper.
Malaysia also entered the F1, A1 and SuperGT calendars when it opened the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) in 1999. It is 5.54 km long and is noted as one of the toughest circuits around with its sweeping corners and wide straights. Since its opening the SIC has seen major events including the FIA Formula One, Malaysian Grand Prix, FIM MotoGP, Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, A1 Grand Prix, SuperGT and Asian Touring Car Championship. Now Malaysia is no stranger to Michael Schumacher and his peers.
Besides that, how can one leave out the Petronas Twin Towers? Built in 1998 and standing at 451.9 metres tall, Malaysia still wears the crown for having the tallest twin buildings in the world.
Coming from a multi-cultural society, we also have much to learn from other cultures and ethnic groups. What many fail to realize as Malaysians is that we have One country-culture, One country, One Malaysia!
“National honor is national property of the highest value.” ~James Monroe
Check out this link from The Sun newspaper on the ‘Malaysia Day’ street party happening today!: http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=51482