Na­tional Day Of Malaysia

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Malaysian Na­tional Day cel­e­brates yearly on Septem­ber 16. Last year, Em­bassy of Malaysia in Seoul cel­e­brated the 57th Na­tional Day of Malaysia in down­town, at the Westin Chu­son Ho­tel, on Septem­ber 3, 2014. This is the first Na­tional Day cel­e­bra­tion by the newly ar­rived Am­bas­sador Dato Ro­hana Ramli. Hun­dreds of in­vi­tees, as well as the diplo­mat com­mu­nity at­tended the cer­e­mony. Among them were Mr. Shin Dong-ik, Deputy Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs, Re­pub­lic of Korea, and other Honourable Law­mak­ers, His Excellency Dato Haji Harun Ismail, Dean of the Diplo­matic Corps, dis­tin­guished guests, for­eign diplo­mats, and oth­ers. The event speech was de­liv­ered by Her Excellency Dato Ro­hana Ramli, fol­lowed by a spe­cial speech from Shin Dong-ik.

This is the tran­script of the speech from Her Excellency Dato Ro­hana Ramli: On 31st of Au­gust last year, Malaysia had reached its 57th year of in­de­pen­dence. Al­ham­dulIi­lah, with the Grace of Al­lah, Malaysia is able to cel­e­brate to­day its Na­tional day as an in­de­pen­dent, sov­er­eign, demo­cratic, peace­ful and har­mo­nious coun­try. I would like to thank ev­ery­one for mak­ing the time to at­tend this aus­pi­cious oc­ca­sion. Malaysia’s jour­ney as a na­tion from the be­gin­ning un­til to­day has been colour­ful in­deed from all per­spec­tives. In its early days of for­ma­tion, Malaysia was ba­si­cally an agri­cul­tural na­tion. Over the years, it has trans­formed it­self into a trad­ing and in­dus­trial na­tion.

Malaysia also re­al­ized that it can­not solely de­pend on its do­mes­tic mar­ket for its econ­omy and de­vel­op­ment. The rea­son be­ing, re­al­is­ti­cally, as a na­tion of about 29 mil­lion peo­ple, Malaysia’s do­mes­tic mar­ket is not huge. Hence, be­com­ing a trad­ing and in­dus­trial na­tion is the most log­i­cal and ben­e­fi­cial way to cre­ate na­tional wealth. Af­ter 57 years, Malaysia has largely reaps the ben­e­fits of the var­i­ous poli­cies and strate­gies sown. Ob­vi­ously it was not a smooth jour­ney. There were a few chal­lenges en­coun­tered such as the Asian financial cri­sis. Nonethe­less, Malaysia, like many other coun­tries in the re­gion, sur­vived the cri­sis. Now, Malaysia is stead­fast and work­ing hard to make its Vi­sion 2020 in be­com­ing a de­velop na­tion a re­al­ity.

H. E. Dato’ Ro­hana Ramli and Min­is­ter Shin Dong-ik (C)

Kaylee Koehlinger is a grad­u­ate of But­ler Univer­sity in In­di­anapo­lis, In­di­ana, USA. She is an As­so­ciate Editor at the Global Di­gest mag­a­zine.

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