National Day Of Malaysia
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.