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Federal Territory Day 2024: Date, History, Facts and Significance

Kuala Lumpur, a Federal Territory in Malaysia, is celebrated on Federal Territory Day, commemorating its establishment in 1974.

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Federal Territory Day 2024: Every year on February 1st, Malaysia observes Federal Territory Day, a regional event commemorating the founding of the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur in 1974. The three federal territories of Malaysia are Kuala Lumpur, the considerably more recent Putrajaya, and Labuan.

Federal Territory Day History

The East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, as well as the former British colony of Singapore territory, merged to establish the Federation of Malaya in 1963, marking the beginning of modern Malaysia’s history. The locals know Kuala Lumpur as Hari Wilayah Persekutuan, but it was still a part of the state of Selangor when they celebrated Federal Territory Day.

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The origin of the Federal Territory Day celebration is thought to have occurred four days after the jointly signed Federal Territory Agreement was ratified on January 28, 1974, which saw the state of Selangor give up a portion of its land to expand and create an independently governed Kuala Lumpur region.

The day commemorating the anniversary of Kuala Lumpur’s founding was established on February 1, 1974. The nation was founded on February 1st, 1948, marking a special historical significance.

On February 1st, the local holiday is frequently honored as a yearly public holiday. Additionally, there are usually free or inexpensive events to honor the occasion, such as parades, fireworks, cultural exhibits, sports, tournaments, and crazy performances.

In late Kuala Lumpur’s history, the decision was made to relocate government administrative offices from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya, one of the three federal territories. This plan was widely perceived as an attempt to turn all government facilities in the city into commercial ventures. It is only now that the hypothesis—which turned out to be correct—is seen as a good one.

Federal Territory Day: Outline

Go through Malaysia’s past.

When the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, as well as the former British colony of Singapore, joined the Federation of Malaya in 1963, Malaysia’s modern history officially began. Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, was still a part of Selangor state at the time. Explore the history of the nation on Federal Territory Day.

Go watch the parades

The ideal way to commemorate Hari Wilayah is as follows! People observe the occasion with parades, fireworks, cultural displays, and performances throughout all three of Malaysia’s federal regions. The majority of these events are free to attend.

Assist online

Posting selfies and insightful commentary about the exhibits and performances from the celebration event on social media is a great way to show your support and appreciation for the holiday. Make use of #FederalTerritoryDay.

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Five facts about Federal Territories Day that you may not be aware of

  • Just three of the sixteen states in Malaysia observe Federal Territory Day as a regional holiday.
  • Locals refer to the holiday as Hari Wilayah Persekutuan more commonly.
  • Malaysia comprises three federal territories and thirteen unique, culturally diverse states.
  • In addition, Hari Wilayah Persekutuan is a day on which noteworthy individuals who have made significant contributions to the nation are honored.
  • If the holiday falls on a weekend, people observe it on Monday. The event may reschedule if it conflicts with the Chinese New Year holiday.

Malaysia Day 2023: Date, History, Facts about Malaysia Day

The Importance Of Federal Territory Day

It brings to mind our past.

The history of Malaysia is extensive! Even though Malaysians tend to forget it. However, all it takes to fully appreciate our cultural diversity and the extent of our progress is a few hours of sporadic reading about or travel across our nation’s past. One of the occasions that keeps us mindful of our common past is Federal Territory Day.

It contributes to forging a strong link.

Yes, honoring Federal Territory Day together as a country strengthens our bonds for the long run. Events like Hari Wilayah, which are a celebration among all ethnic groups in Sabah and Sarawak, including Malays, Indians, and Chinese, promote friendship and peaceful coexistence.

It reassigns us to continued development.

Hari Wilayah facilitates historical reflection. This may encourage us to dedicate ourselves to creating a better future.


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Farheen Ashraf
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Farheen Ashraf is a History graduate. She writes on a variety of topics, including business, entertainment, laws, poetry, stories, travel, and more. Her passion for writing has led her to explore a variety of genres.

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