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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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Family Recipes: A Malaysia Day reverence to a nation we love

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The best family recipes continue a exam of time. Each era adds a small celebrity to a flavours, while still gripping a strange hint alive for everybody to enjoy. This Malaysia Day, let us remember a culture, birthright and roots as we grow together as one nation.

Happy birthday, Malaysia.

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Malaysia Day is distinguished on a 16th of Sep each year. It outlines a fasten together of Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Singapore, to form Malaysia on a same date in a year 1963. (Singapore distant from Malaysia in a year 1965)

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SELAMAT MERDEKA AND HAPPY MALAYSIA DAY

In 3 days time, Malaysians from all walks of life, creed, religion and races will celebrate our 55th. Anniversary of Independence Day or Merdeka Day. We achieved our Independence from Britain through negotiation and compromise from all Malaysian under the leadership of Tunku Abdul Rahman.

At the same time, we celebrate our Malaysia Day on 16th. September 2012.

Over these 55 years, Malaya then and Malaysia now has gone through many challenges. However, with the co-operation of the three main groups within Malaysia, we have managed to overcome these challenges. We prospered, work, play and live in harmony over these years and built Malaysia into what is today.

Many challenges lie ahead. Europe is in a state of uncertainty due to the Eurozone problems. USA’s economy is still not robust enough while in Asia, China’s growth is slowing.

Malaysians must unite together and face these challenges head-on. With all Malaysians working together in unison, we can overcome these external threats. Besides that, we need to overcome internal conflicts within Malaysia herself.

Peace and Harmony within Malaysia is important. We must maintain and improve our economic, social and financial goals so that Malaysians of future generations can enjoy the peace and prosperity built by our ancestors in our years ahead.

SELAMAT MERDEKA AND HAPPY MALAYSIA DAY!!!

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SELAMAT MERDEKA AND HAPPY MALAYSIA DAY

In 3 days time, Malaysians from all walks of life, creed, religion and races will celebrate our 55th. Anniversary of Independence Day or Merdeka Day. We achieved our Independence from Britain through negotiation and compromise from all Malaysian under the leadership of Tunku Abdul Rahman.

At the same time, we celebrate our Malaysia Day on 16th. September 2012.

Over these 55 years, Malaya then and Malaysia now has gone through many challenges. However, with the co-operation of the three main groups within Malaysia, we have managed to overcome these challenges. We prospered, work, play and live in harmony over these years and built Malaysia into what is today.

Many challenges lie ahead. Europe is in a state of uncertainty due to the Eurozone problems. USA’s economy is still not robust enough while in Asia, China’s growth is slowing.

Malaysians must unite together and face these challenges head-on. With all Malaysians working together in unison, we can overcome these external threats. Besides that, we need to overcome internal conflicts within Malaysia herself.

Peace and Harmony within Malaysia is important. We must maintain and improve our economic, social and financial goals so that Malaysians of future generations can enjoy the peace and prosperity built by our ancestors in our years ahead.

SELAMAT MERDEKA AND HAPPY MALAYSIA DAY!!!

Fusion of Passion

September 29, 2011 during 12:00 pm

This year’s Malaysia Day was distinguished on a grand scale, distinct a years before. Various activities were hold by many organisations, including state and a sovereign governments, as good as other entities, all joined in a jubilee of a nation that we live in. Chief among a celebrations was MASiF 2011 – a Music, Arts, Style, International Festival – during Suria KLCC. Among a highlights of a festival was an art muster during Galeri Petronas that has recently come to a tighten entitled Fusion of Passion.

Fusion of Passion

Chin Wan Kee – Beyond Mind and Words Series No 29

Fusion of Passion

Tew Nai Tong – Happy Life

Fusion of Passion

Clement Ooi Kit Meng – Together

So for those of we who were not in Kuala Lumpur during this year’s Malaysia Day and missed out on a exhibition, here is what Fusion of Passion was all about. The muster is a reverence to a farrago of a nation and to uncover how differences can be distinguished and not feared. The muster strove to accumulate a series of artists and design fabricated within one gallery to symbolize a alloy of several passions, and a farrago of artistic passion was shown in a abyss of a works of excellent art, sculpture, photography and illustration. Both determined masters and rising artists were given equal event to showcase their work, so that a assembly would improved conclude a loyal value of a country.

Fusion of Passion

Izzati Shahrin – Dua Tiga Kucing Berlari, Mana Nak Sama Tikus Seorang

Fusion of Passion

Amiruddin Ariffin – Cosmic Symphony Series III

Fusion of Passion

Carlyn Chua Yuin Lim – Deafening Lights

The farrago of art in a muster acted as a thoughtfulness of what it means to be Malaysian, a honour and pride, and a possess interpretation of what creates us Malaysians. Each work of art in a muster is an countenance of a artist’s feelings and views towards Malaysia. This is engaging as it mirrors a notice about associate Malaysians, as there will be times when we remonstrate with a artist’s vision, though there will really be times when we share and emphatise with what we see. The muster strives to use art to move an bargain in ourselves about a multitude we live in, and a people we share this nation with.

Fusion of Passion

Cindy Koh – Symbiosis III

Fusion of Passion

Jasmine Kok – Silver Bloom

Fusion of Passion

Rasid Yusof – Malaysian Interior 2

And nonetheless there is a deeper definition in this exhibition, a many opposite pieces that make adult this collection come together to emanate a agreeable and pleasing knowledge even for those of us who feel we do not know art.

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