Federal Territory Day


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Federal Territory Day is celebrated on 1st February every year in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan. The date marks the anniversary of the formation of Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory, which took place in 1974.

Originally, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya came under the state of Selangor, and Labuan under the state of Sabah. The main motivation for the change from state rule to federal rule, particularly in Kuala Lumpur, was due to the events surrounding the 1969 elections and the riots that followed. Separating Kuala Lumpur from the state reduced the option of clashes between the federal and the Selangor state governments.

Labuan is a major, offshore financial centre and, in 1984, became the second federal territory. On 1st February 2001, Putrajaya became the third federal territory. Putrajaya is a planned city and the administrative capital of Malaysia.

The three federal territories each have their own flag, but there is also a single flag to represent the three together. Each year since 2007, a different main theme has been celebrated generally to do with citizens, unity, progress and prosperity and, since 2008, awards, decorations and medals have been given to selected citizens for their contributions within the federal territories.


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