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13 Things You May Or May Not Know About Malaysia’s Independence

Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman in 1957

August 31 is Hari Merdeka or Malaysia’s Independence Day. Here’s a brief look at Merdeka Day celebrations over the last 59 years and other events that have shaped the nation.

1. Malaysia gained her independence from Great Britain in 1957. Over 20,000 people gathered in Merdeka Square to mark the occasion, including the Duke of Gloucester, the King and Queen of Thailand and the Prime Minister of India. The first prime minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman, chanted some of the most iconic words in Malaysian history, “Merdeka, Merdeka, Merdeka”.

2. From 1957 onwards, Merdeka celebrations have been held every year in all its grandeur. Dignitaries wear traditional uniforms and costumes, fighter jets fly overhead in a blaze of smoke and military personnel and Kadazan tribal people march through the streets.

3. Inaugural celebrations featured dancing formations that depicted the emblem of the ruling party, Barisan Nasional — or the National Front Coalition Party. Barisan Nasional has ruled Malaysia since 1957, making it one of the longest ruling, democratically installed governments in the world.

4. Up until September 16, 1963, Malaysia was still known as the Federation of Malaya. Two years after Singapore left the federation in 1961, the Bornean states of Sabah and Sarawak merged with Peninsula Malaya to form the new Malaysia.

5. Merdeka Day celebrations in 1963 were nothing short of extravagant with traditional dancers from East Malaysia appearing for the first time in full ceremonial regalia, armed with spears and other tribal items.

6. Malaysia Day, not to be confused with Merdeka Day, is held every September 16 to mark the formation of Malaysia.

7. In 1967, Merdeka celebrations saw perhaps the biggest crowd in Malaysian history. An estimated 50,000 people attended the ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of Malaysia’s independence. Thousands of law enforcement and military personnel marched through Merdeka Square.

Merdeka 3Military procession passes dignitaries at inaugural Merdeka celebration in 1957

8. Merdeka Football Festival has run concurrently with Merdeka celebrations from 1957. The festival is the oldest football event in Asia and has seen teams from all over the world compete for the prestigious trophy. Hong Kong were the inaugural winners in 1957.

9. Malacca City hosted the first Merdeka celebration outside of Stadium Merdeka and Dataran Merdeka in 1985. The decision was the brainchild of Malaysia’s “Father of Development” Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad. The Malacca Club was turned into a Merdeka memorial called the Merdeka Declaration Memorial to archive all past and future Merdeka celebrations.

10. In the same year, one of Malaysia’s most iconic acts, the Alleycats, released their chart-topping album Suara Kekasih. Founded in 1978, the Alleycats went on to have a profound impact on Malaysian people and the Malaysian music industry.

AlleycatsMusic icons the Alleycats

11. Following 1963, there was a push for Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines to form a confederation called Maphilindo. However, there were too many controversies and disputes over territory with then Indonesian president Sukarno putting an end to discussions.

12. Shortly after, Indonesia provided Malaysia with the greatest threat to her independence. They declared war on the Kalimantan-East Malaysia border, laying claims to territories north of Kalimantan. Indonesia only came to officially acknowledge the formation of Malaysia three years later in 1966.

13. Malaysia and her states have been ruled by many invaders over the years from Srivijayan Buddhists and Majapahit Hindus to Portuguese, Dutch and British settlers as well as the Japanese in World War II. Many of these cultures are still present in current day Merdeka celebrations.

 

Merdeka 150th anniversary Merdeka celebrations in 2007

So, if you are keen to observe a bit of Malaysian history, be sure to join in the fun this August 31. There will be festivities across the nation with performances, parades and fireworks in most cities. Head to Tourism Malaysia Official Site for more information.

 

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Konsert Awie & Ella

January 5, 2012 during 2:00 pm

Norzila bt Hj Aminuddin, or improved famous by her theatre name Ella, is a renouned stone thespian in Malaysia. With a career travelling over 2 decades, Ella still binds a internal record for a best-selling womanlike artist for offered over 300,000 copies during a rise of her song career. Dubbed as ‘Ratu Rock’ (Queen of Rock) by her internal fans, no other pretension fits her standing as a Malaysian stone star better. Her latest solo album, expelled in 2007 entitled Rama-Rama became one of a many renouned songs in that year.

Born as Ahmad Azhar b Othman, he is improved famous as Awie, a front male for one of Malaysia’s famous stone rope called Wings. He left a rope and motionless to go solo, producing 4 albums during his time as a solo singer. In 1992, Awie motionless to embark on an behaving career, starring in a film famous as Pemburu Bayang. He forged a name for himself as an achieved actor, and enjoyed success with other internal films such as Sembilu series, Tragedi Oktober, Baik Punya Cilok and Hantu Kak Limah Balik Rumah.

Come and see Malaysia’s Queen of Rock perform live during Istana Budaya with Awie in Konsert Awie Ella this 12th to 15th Jan 2012

This entrance 12th compartment 15th Jan 2012 will see both a King and Queen of Rock behaving side by side during Panggung Sari in Istana Budaya. This long-awaited unison is set to disturb both of their particular fans and will be a opening unison of a year 2012. The report for this four-day unison is set as below:-

Thursday, 12th Jan 2012 during 8.30 pm
Friday, 13th Jan 2012 during 8.30 pm
Saturday, 14th Jan 2012 during 3.00 pm AND 8.30 pm
Sunday, 15th Jan 2012 during 3.00 pm AND 8.30 pm

Tickets are labelled during RM 40, RM 80, RM 140, RM 210, RM 300, RM 400 and RM 450. Please click here for some-more information about a unison and sheet purchases, or revisit Istana Budaya’s website here.

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Malaysia Tourism Award 2010/2011 Winners

Malaysia Tourism Award 2010/2011 Winners

Malaysia Tourism Award Winners 2010/2011 with a King and Queen

Congratulations to winners of a new Malaysia Tourism Award 2010/2011 !

The friendly participation of Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Haminah Hamidun positively done a Malaysia Tourism Award ceremony, a grand eventuality to remember.

First instituted in 1987, a Malaysia Tourism Award, is hold bi-annually. It is a top fame given, in approval to those who surpass in a growth of a country’s tourism industry.

Nominations for a eventuality had started progressing in a year, from 10 Apr to 4 June, 2011. This is a 17th year a endowment is running, with this year saying 35 endowment winners given a top fame in a tourism attention in Malaysia.

The endowment also celebrates Malaysia as a Top World Tourism Destination, appreciation for all a contribution, hardwork and loyalty of a captain and players of a tourism attention from a frontliners to a owners of a Tourism and Hospitality industries.

Among a categories embody innovative traveller attraction, innovative selling outlets, best debate programme, best hotel services and others.

The Minister of Tourism Special Awards were also given to Malaysia’s food ambassador, Datuk Redzuawan Ismail, popularly famous as Chef Wan and internationally acclaimed shoe couturier, Prof Datuk Jimmy Choo for compelling Malaysia abroad.

Here is a list of a winners :

1. Creative Tourism Article on Malaysia
Best Local Writer (Bahasa Melayu) “Agenda Selangor, Intip ‘Little England’”
by Norwahidah Che Musa, Majalah Libur
Best Local Writer (English) “Hooked On High Adventure”
by Zalina Mohd. Som, New Straits Times
Best Foreign Writer “The Jungle Gene”
by Cheryl Ann Couto, Lonely Planet Publications

2. Innovative Tourism Magazine

Local Magazine: LIBUR
Publisher : Kumpulan Karangkraf Sdn Bhd
International Magazine : SENSES OF MALAYSIA
Publisher: The Expat Group (Borneo Vision Sdn Bhd)

3. Best Hotel Services (For All Star-Rating)
5 Star Hotels (City) :Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
5 Star Hotels (Resort): Shangrila-La’s Rasa Ria Resort, Sabah
4 Star Hotels (City) :Holiday Inn, Melaka
4 Star Hotels (Resort) :Golden Sands Resort, Penang
3 Star Hotels Below :Cititel, Midvalley, Kuala Lumpur

4. Innovative Tourist Attractions
Nature/Eco
Excellent: Mulu National Park, Sarawak
Nature/Eco
Merit: Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah
Man-Made/Agro/Arts Culture
Excellent :Melaka River Cruise, Melaka
Man-Made/Agro/Arts Culture
Merit: Lost World of Tambun, Perak

5. Innovative Tour Program
Excellent:  Ulu Ai-Longhouse Life by Borneo Adventure Tours
Merit : A Nite @ Museum – Muzium Samudra by Perbadanan Muzium Melaka Naza Talyya Hotel

6. Best Tourist Guide
Excellent :Shaukani Abbas
Merit: Ahmad Redza Abdullah
Rising Star :Bobby Weslee Rohani

7. Innovative Shopping Outlets
Excellent: Sunway Pyramid
Merit :MidValley Megamall

8. Best MICE
Best MICE Event :
World Congress of Accountants 2010
Organiser:
Malaysia Institute of Accountants

9. Innovative Homestay
Innovative Homestay: Homestay Walai Tokou, Kundasang, Sabah
Best Contribution to Malaysia’s Rural Economy Homestay Banghuris, Sepang, Selangor

10. Innovative Spa
Innovative : The Spa during Four Seasons Resort, Langkawi, Kedah

1. Best Tour Operator
In Bound: Mayflower Acme Tours Sdn Bhd
Domestic : Pearl Holiday (M) Travel Tours Sdn Bhd

2. Innovative Foreign Tour Operator
America : GTS Globotours (USA)
Europe : Airways Travel GmBH (Germany)
West Asia/ Africa: Thompson Holidays (South Africa)
South Asia: D’Paul’s Travel Tours Ltd. (New Delhi, India)
East Asia : Guangdong Nanhu International Travel Services (Guangzhou, PR of China)
Oceania :New Horizons Holidays (East Perth, Australia)
ASEAN :Five Stars Tours Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)
Special Jury Award
Indonesia : Panorama Tours
Brunei : Pan Bright Travel Services
Thailand: Sunny Tours Co. Ltd

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