This holiday is always celebrated on 16 September. It is also known as ‘ Hari Malaysia’
If the holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be a public holiday in all states apart from Johor, Ke-dah, Kelantan and Terengganu.
The theme of the 2019 National Day and Malaysia Day celebrations is “Sayangi Malay-siaku: Malaysia Bersih” to stress the importance of unity and patriotism for the well-being of the people and shared prosperity.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said it was hoped that the theme would instill and ignite the value of integrity and being of strong character among Malaysians.
It commemorates 16 September 1963, when the former British colony of Singapore and the East Malaysian states of Sa-bah and Sarawak, joined the Federation of Malaya to create the Malaysian Federation.
Singapore only remained in the federation for two years, leaving on 9 August 1965.
Originally this date was planned for 1 June 1963, but it was delayed twice; once to 31 August to make it coincide with an older national day, and then delayed again to allow referendums to take place in certain regions.
Malaysia Day has only been a national holiday since 2010. On announcing this holiday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the day would involve activities that would foster the Malaysia spirit and would be celebrated with formal events such as a parade to commemorate the historical moment. He added that it should remind the Malaysian people about their struggle in achieving independence.
On 31 August, Malaysians celebrate Independence Day (Merdeka Day), so it is unusual for a country to effectively have two independence day holidays.