2009 in Malaysia

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Najib Tun Razak, Malaysia's sixth prime minister.

2009 in Malaysia is the 52nd anniversary of Malaysia's independence.


Federal level

State level

see 2009 Perak constitutional crisis





  • 3 March – Three Malaysians among seven people were killed in Hotel blaze in Taipei, Taiwan. A worst fire in 15 years.
  • 3 March – Thousands of people were left trapped and stranded either in buildings, bus stations or light rail transit stations in Kuala Lumpur following flash floods after a heavy downpour since 3pm.
  • 7 March – Riot police fired tear gas into several hundreds of people marching from Masjid Negara to Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur to protest the use of English in the teaching of Mathematics and Science.
  • 16 March – RTM's third channel, Muzik Aktif is launched from Angkasapuri, Kuala lumpur.
  • 16 March – Limbang district is officially part of Malaysia as Brunei has officially dropped its long-standing claim over Sarawak's Limbang district after the two countries resolved various land and maritime territory disputes.
  • 17 March – Melaka Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Wira Mohd Ali Rustam suspended from contesting the post of UMNO deputy president as he was found guilty under Article 10.1 of the UMNO Members Code of Ethics which means that it is deemed that a bribery offence and money politics had been committed by his agents.
  • 28 March – Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin wins the UMNO deputy president election with 1,575 votes beating Tan Sri Muhammad Taib with 916 votes
  • 28 March – The lights of the world's tallest twin towers, Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur and the city of Putrajaya were turned off during Earth Hour campaign.






  • 1 August – Riot police fired water cannons and tear gas, and arrested dozens of demonstrators in the anti-ISA rally in Kuala Lumpur.
  • 9 August – The death toll of the influenza A(H1N1) reached 26 people. The government is considering drastic measures to contain the situation.
  • 9 August – The teaching of Mathematics and Science in English will be extended to 2014. The current cohort of students studying Mathematics and Science in English can continue to do so until they finish their secondary school.
  • 14 August – The death toll of the influenza A(H1N1) reached 56 people.
  • 16 August – A British pilot killed when his plane crashed during takeoff on a test flight in Tekah Airfield, Taiping, Perak.
  • 17 August – The death toll of the influenza A(H1N1) reached 64 people. The government is considering declaring a national health emergency.
  • 19 August – Nine Chinese crew members of Liberian-registered tanker MT Formosa Product Brick, which caught fire after a collision with a bulk carrier in the Straits of Malacca near Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan.
  • 20 August – Malaysia recorded its highest number of influenza A(H1N1) cases in a day with 69 infections.
  • 20 August – A four-wheel drive belonging to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) was damaged when someone threw a Molotov cocktail at the vehicle parked at the old district and land office in Klang, Selangor.
  • 23 August – Lunas state assemblyman Mohd Radzhi Salleh quits Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) to become an independent member of the Kedah state legislative assembly.
  • 25 August – Permatang Pasir by-election, 2009, PAS candidate Salleh Man wins this election with a total majority of 4,551 votes beating Barisan Nasional (BN) candidates Rohaizat Othman.
  • 27 August – MCA deputy president, Chua Soi Lek is sacked from the party.
  • 31 August – The 52nd Merdeka Day celebration is held at the Malaysian Houses of Parliament for the first time.
  • 31 August – An express train from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, carrying 243 passengers, derailed in Batu Enam near Segamat, Johor, injuring 17 passengers including three Singaporeans.


KD Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia's first submarine.




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Picture of the gas explosion at AEON Bandaraya Melaka Shopping Centre in Melaka.

National Day

Main theme

1Malaysia; Rakyat Didahulukan, Pencapaian Diutamakan – 1Malaysia; People First, Performance Now

National Day Parade

Malaysian Houses of Parliament




See also