Extra long weekend for Malaysia as nation celebrates Merdeka and SEA Games victory


Malaysian SEA Games athletes march past during the 60th Merdeka Day  celebrations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia August 31, 2017.

It’s an extra sweet Hari Merdeka for Malaysians this year.

Not only is the nation commemorating its 60th year of independence, it is also celebrating Malaysian athletes’ stunning performance at the SEA Games.

Malaysian athletes won a record 145 gold, 92 silver and 86 bronze medals at this year’s games.

Prime Minister Najib Razak told an excited crowd at the SEA Games closing ceremony in Kuala Lumpur that Monday, Sep 4, would be a public holiday.

“It is not easy to declare a holiday because Malaysia has too many public holidays but since we have achieved an outstanding result in the SEA Games through the unwavering support of the various races and the excellent performance of our athletes, on behalf of the government I declare September 4 as a public holiday,” he said.

This means the extra-long weekend in Malaysia now spans five days as Thursday is Hari Merdeka while Friday is Hari Raya.



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