What Aug 31 means to Sabah

“Never knew Sabah has an Independence Day,” says a 40-something friend from Peninsular Malaysia in a WhatsApp message to me.

On Wednesday, she had read on The Star Online that a coalition of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), led by the Borneo Heritage Foundation, will be organising a gathering in Stadium Penampang near Kota Kinabalu to commemorate Sabah’s 55 years of independence. The date of Sabah’s independence is Aug 31, the same day as Malaya’s Merdeka.

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