Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Sept 16 PH shot down

Penang Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Khoon's calls for more recognition to be given to Malaysia Day to celebrate the founding of the Federation of Malaysia on Sept 16th, 1963 had been shot down by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Najib said the government had decided that the celebration of nationhood is only on Aug 31 to show that the country is together as a nation. But he said this would not mean that Malaysia Day on Sept 16 was not important.

My Say:

There were several groups in Sabah who held celebrations in conjunction with Malaysia Day. In Kiulu, the Government's member of parliament for Tuaran Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau led villagers to celebrate the day. Over in Keningau, Opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat also held similar celebrations. In a small way, I also led a small group to celebrate the day at the scenic Kionsom Waterfall.


Rakan Wartawan said...

Well, this is not the first time that Najib says so as I still remember he said the same thing last year when Rais Yatim suggested the Federal Cabinet Ministers from both Sabah and Sarawak should ask the Cabinet to have celebration on 16th Sept every year.

The difference for this year is: Koh Tsu Koon says it, ie we have another national leader speak up, a little bit to cheers.

Even Sarawak DCM George Chan had said his state is going to celebrate 45 years anniversary of Malaysia next year.

But, ah, unfortunately very few Sabah leaders especially those who are in the government do the same.

northborneo said...

i wonder where are those so called leaders that claim they fight for sabah rights now and ..... whether they still remember the significant of Sept 16.

sigh.... politician

JBingkasan said...

rakan wartawan, nortborneo,

yes the kdm leaders community now seems to be hibernating on this issue. except for wilfred madius tangau and radin malleh, the others seems to have forgotten what they had been shouting says about 20 years ago. i had what they say in my earlier posting.