To Our Bangsa Malaysia: Selamat Hari Malaysia

Today, the Federation of Malaysia celebrates its 54th birthday of the enjoining together of 3 nations. This day marks the union of Malaya, North Borneo and Sarawak which prides itself as a nation called Malaysia. It is on this auspicious day that Malaysians from different cultures and traditions come together to form our own “Malaysian” identity.

This special day must be treasured to highlight the struggle of Malaysia moving away from the history of colonization and racism to become a nation built on equality, justice and fairness.

Malaysians celebrate this occasion by reaffirming its rejections of all forms of attempts to incite racial sentiments, religious extremism and the promotion of one ethnic grouping over the other. It is essential for us to move away from the dangerous political game, as it would subsequently erode the fabric of our multicultural and multi-religious Malaysian society.

Let us find our own ways to celebrate this diversity and be thankful of where we are today. The journey ahead together may seem arduous but as Malaysians it seems within our reach to make this nation embrace the “Malaysian identity” – Bangsa Malaysia – which believes in unity, love and justice.

In conjunction of Malaysia Day, Pusat KOMAS launches a short film, called “Anak Malaysia” directed by Khor Zhen Yee from Erat Productions, the winners of the “Battling Racism in Malaysia: Innovation towards Unity” competition that was held on September 16, 2016. This short story reflects the multiethnic cultural background of the Malaysian society as seen through the lense of one family. This film is an official selection of Sea Shorts Film Festival and Freedom Film Fest.

Selamat Hari Malaysia!