When and why did Sabah and Sarawak become part of Malaysia?
The term ‘joined’ is still a contentious word as Sabah and Sarawak actually formed Malaysia in 1963. Before that, Malaysia was known as Malaya. The actual date of the formation of Malaysia was 16 September 1963. This date is also known as Malaysia Day and is accorded with a national public holiday. The formation of Malaysia meant that the Borneo states would be able to enjoy better financial and governing services through the federal administration. The idea was mooted by Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-haj, the first prime minister which was rejected by Singapore who went on to become one of the most successful and developed countries in the world.
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