Communication and Multimedia Ministry is awaiting cabinet nods to renamed Independence Day celebration to make it more relevant in the context Sarawak and Sabah.
“We will suggest that the Independence Day (celebration) will only be mentioned as Independence Day Aug 31 celebration. That’s all,” Datuk Seri Shabery Cheek told the media after a courtesy call on Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, yesterday.
According to Ahmad Shabery the National Day celebration on Aug 31, 1957 is of lesser concern to Sabahans and Sarawakians as both states gained independence at a later dates – on August 31, 1963 and July 22, 1963 respectively.
Malaya, Sarawak and Sabah formed Malaysia on Sept 16, 1963.
Ahmad Shabery acknowledged that if the anniversary year is mentioned, it makes Sarawakians and Sabahans feel being sidelined as both states only gained independence in 1963.
Thus far, he said, the response from Sarawak towards the proposal had been favourable, and he hoped to get the same support from Sabah.