National Day should be on Sept 16, says ex-rep

Dominique Ng. — file pic

KUCHING, September 15: September 16 should be regarded as the real National Day of Malaysia as it was on that day that the country was formally called Malaysia, said former Padungan assemblyman Dominique Ng.

As such, he opined, the celebration should not just be confined to Sarawak and Sabah but also in the peninsula.

“September 16 should be regarded as the real National Day, not August 31 as that is Malaya’s Independence Day. Sarawakians have been duped by the federal government under BN before, and now we are receiving similar treatment from the Pakatan Harapan-led federal government regarding this historical day,” Ng told DayakDaily here today.

“We should not let a historical fact be forgotten just like that. Why should we continue to celebrate August 31 as our National Day when September 16 is the real day for all Malaysians to celebrate our Independence Day? On top of that, why is Malaysia Day never celebrated in Kuala Lumpur and only celebrated in Sarawak and Sabah? Are we just being `syok sendiri’ and our rights not respected?” he asked.

Ng reiterated that if Putrajaya continued to ignore Sarawak, Sarawakians must know what to do in the next state election, which is due by 2021.

“To right the wrong all these years, Sarawakians must support only local-based parties in the state election. Both PH and BN’s successor, GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), should be rejected,” he suggested. — DayakDaily