The first Malaysia Day Celebration was held at Dataran MBI in Ipoh on September 16. The Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Dr. Zambry Abdul Kadir and several state dignitaries were present.
Zambry in his speech stated that the meaning of Malaysia Day needed to be disseminated and remembered, for unlike Merdeka Day, Malaysia Day was when the different ethnic communities throughout the peninsula and Sabah and Sarawak became one and created what now constitutes as Malaysia.
The evening events included a pantomime depicting the formation of Malaysia with references to the Confrontation with Indonesia and objections by its other neighbours.
This was followed by the ever colourful cultural dance presentations donned in the multitude of ethnic costumes performed by the state and city councils dance troupes.