Malaysia Day

Malaysia Day Quick Facts

2024 Date16 September 2024
2025 Date16 September 2025

Malaysia Day

Malaysia Day in 2024

Malaysia Day History

Malaysia Day is a significant public holiday celebrated in Malaysia to mark the formation of the Malaysian Federation on 16th September 1963. This occasion signifies the union of Malaya, North Borneo (now Sabah), Sarawak, and Singapore, creating Malaysia as an independent and sovereign nation. The observance of this day honours the cultural diversity, inclusivity, and unity of the nation, which is home to various ethnicities, including Malays, Chinese, Indians, and indigenous groups.

Malaysia Day provides an opportunity for people to celebrate their cultural identity and strengthen connections with Malaysia. It also serves as a symbol of the strong ties between Australia and Malaysia, as both nations have collaborated extensively over the years in various fields such as trade, education, security, and tourism.

Malaysia Day celebrations often include various cultural events and gatherings organised by Malaysian communities and associations. These events often showcase traditional Malaysian performing arts, music, food, and cultural displays. Malaysian students studying in Australia and Australian alumni of Malaysian educational institutions also participate in these celebrations, further emphasising the cultural exchange and understanding between the two countries. Malaysia Day is ob served annually on 16th September.

Top facts about Malaysia Day

  • According to Malaysia’s Government, in 2022, Malaysia’s population was over 33 million people.
  • According to Austral Migration Consultancy, in 2022, there are over 150,000 people who were born in Malaysia now living in Australia.
  • Even before the establishment of Malaysia in 1963, Australia had diplomatic relations with the Federation of Malaya. Australia supported Malaya's independence from Britain in 1957.
  • During the formation of Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines objected to the inclusion of Sabah and Sarawak in the new federation. Australia, as a member of the United Nations, played a role in the UN mission to assess the public opinion of Sabah and Sarawak residents regarding the formation of Malaysia.

Top things to do for Malaysia Day

  • Watch Road to Nationhood: Formation of Malaysia. This 2019 documentary series portrays the history of Malaysia's formation and the challenges it faced. It covers a wide range of topics, including the struggles of negotiating with different entities, as well as the various steps taken to achieve a united Malaysia.
  • Enjoy a taste of Malaysian cuisine by visiting one of the many Malaysian restaurants found in cities like Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth.
  • Many Malaysians living in Australia will organize gatherings or potlucks to celebrate Malaysia Day with friends, family, and fellow expats. Reach out to your local Malaysian community or connect with Malaysian friends to join in on the festivities.

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