PM Datuk Seri Najib Razak during his recent visit to a Bidayuh village in Kuching. (Photo: flickr/NajibRazak)

PM Datuk Seri Najib Razak during his recent visit to a Bidayuh village in Kuching. (Photo: flickr/NajibRazak)

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has declared that Malaysia Day which falls on Sept 16 annually will be a national public holiday from next year.

He told Dewan Rakyat on Monday that the formation of Malaysia as an independent and sovereign country was an important chapter in the nation’s history.

“As such, Malaysians will celebrate a twin national holiday. Merdeka Day on Aug 31 which reminds us of the fight for independence from the colonialists will be celebrated with processions and so forth.

“Malaysia Day will be celebrated with activities to strengthen unity, racial understanding, and the people’s achievement in sports, socio-culture, culture and others to light up the spirit of 1Malaysia,” he said.

Malaysia Day is celebrated annually on Sept 16 to remind of the formation of the federation of Malaysia following the inclusion of Sabah and Sarawak in 1963.

— BERNAMA