KUALA LUMPUR, 2 Sept 2008: The federal government is not agreeable to the suggestion by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that 16 Sept be made a public holiday in the five states under Pakatan Rakyat.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said there should only be one National Day for the country.
"We have chosen the date as our independence day. Having another date will give rise to all kinds of interpretation, polemic and this is not healthy for national integration.
"This is our stand; we give importance to unity and national integration," he told reporters after launching the Chery multi-purpose vehicle here today.
Malaysia celebrates its National Day on 31 Aug every year.
Anwar had suggested that Kedah, Penang, Perak, Selangor and Kelantan – all of which are under Pakatan Rakyat – declare 16 Sept each year as a public holiday to commemorate the formation of Malaysia.
Penang and Kelantan had accepted the proposal while the three other states were still considering it. – Bernama