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Merdeka Day

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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“Yasmin How You Know?” Book Review: From a heart

A crony of a late Yasmin Ahmad is changed by memories of a filmmaker that have been gathered into a book.

Yasmin How You Know?
Publisher: Leo Burnett-Arc Malaysia,
192 pages

HAS it been 3 years given Yasmin Ahmad left us? It has, and we can’t trust it.

Yasmin How You Know?

Yasmin How You Know?

Her ever-inquisitive gawk stays clear in my mind, and her delivery of Christopher Cross’ song, Sailing, on that one stormy afternoon as we sat in her office, resonates in my ear any time we consider of her.

And when that happens, a pain of losing her always earnings and would never lessen but many bid – until we found condolence in this smashing book, Yasmin How You Know?

From it, we learnt that Yasmin sang and played a guitar well. As we kept reading a book, Cross’ strain resounded again, and we remembered one line in particular: “Well, it’s not distant down to paradise, during slightest it’s not for me.”

The initial design of Yasmin in a book had me shouting like a drain. It portrays splendidly her frolic and clarity of ridiculous: she has a simper on her face, her eyes shut, and a finger adult her nostril! Her hair is totally combed behind and a lines of her palm are prominent.

These lines, to me, are lines of wit and wisdom, many of that is fondly remembered by friends and splendidly gathered in this book by her colleagues in Leo Burnett-Arc Malaysia, where she worked for many years and where she done those oh-so-evocative TV ads for festivals and Merdeka Day.

As Yasmin would certainly have wanted it, this book is designed with simplicity, a beauty of that we usually came to conclude since of Yasmin. Speak some-more with reduction is what she taught me. And if we disagreed, as we would initially, she would fuss quietly, “Simplicity is a hardest thing to achieve, Abby.”

Indeed, her films showed she was right about reduction being more. Fittingly, all pronounced in this book is kindly recollected in abruptness that is nonetheless musical and enlightening.

“It is ideal to be imperfect, since soundness is done adult of many imperfections put together that creates it perfect.” What could be sounder? The difference are etched in a mind of Eugene Yong, Yasmin’s crony and colleague, and relate in cave as we continue to file my soundness with imperfections.

“What your right palm gives, even we left palm should not know”, was another element Yasmin always attempted to live by; it was usually after her genocide (of a cadence on Jul 25, 2009; she was 51) that stories began to emerge of her inexhaustible and unknown gifts of income to everybody from orphans to indie filmmakers. This element by distant strikes me a most, and now those lines on her hands also imply to me her many generosities, any kept from one another.

“For those who like that arrange of thing, that’s a arrange of thing they like” was Yasmin’s approach of observant that we do not need to heed to others whose preferences and beliefs differ from ours. Troubled newly by tellurian hideosity and mediocrity, we travel on now with palliate newly proficient by all a smashing anecdotes in a pages of this book.

Whether it is work, love, art, attitude, skills, or life, Yasmin approached all with a quirkiness that done all fun and training from her, intuitive. At a right impulse when her quirkiness poked during premonition and her frankness overwhelmed a heart, one would see a light during a finish of a hovel and take home a whole new opinion on life.

“A grin and kind word will get we further,” Sharifah Armani recalls, and Yasmin led by example.

“Don’t demeanour down on those next you. And don’t fear those above you,” fondly remembers Jo-Chan – we have privately witnessed many a time when Yasmin was kind to people next her.

“Do we wish a benevolence of food, or a benevolence of a one who puts benevolence in food?” Yasmin asked Ke-Cure, her crony who was improving from a viral fever. Like Ke-Cure, we wish both, and this book has both. It is food if food is homogeneous to books for book lovers, with a benevolence of a one who put benevolence into this book: Yasmin who lived life so generously, aesthetically, humanely, wisely, and many caringly.

Yasmin asked Ke-Cure to spin to God, for a provision is what God bestows.

“On no essence does God place a weight larger than it can bear.” Her spirituality was always inspiring. Hence, a book dedicated to a righteous Muslim must, understandably, embody verses from a Quran, one of a many pleasing being: “And a slaves of a Most Beneficent are those who travel on a earth in piety and sedateness, and when a ridiculous residence them (with bad words) they respond behind with amiable difference of gentleness.”

That was how Yasmin responded to a critics of her infrequently argumentative films; films that went on to win countless general awards.

This book is a collection of Yasmin’s pesan-pesan (messages). It also contains some of her poems and musings that are impossibly moving. They were created simply, in artistic poetry true from her heart, as she believed it is from a heart that we tell a many relocating stories.

“… let me ask we / Have we ever listened a harmony so rich, / or review a publishing so fine, / that it could prove craving improved than fish?” Yasmin wrote in one of her poems.

Well, we consider we have, Yasmin. Our craving once in a while for a small bit of your sold knowledge and wit to helps us cranky uneasy waters or overcome uneasy thoughts will be confident by this book.

Yasmin How You Know? is a “sincerity of unmanufactured pleasures” bestowed by many people fondly remembering a essence that over too soon. – By ABBY WONG

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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!!!

Flag lifting ceremony, Dataran Merdeka

Flag lifting ceremony, Dataran Merdeka

Not certain what to do on a Monday morning in Kuala Lumpur?

Catch a Jalur Gemilang dwindle lifting rite during Dataran Merdeka, during 10 am (lasts 10 to 15 minutes) each Monday morning, continue permitting, of course.

Dataran Merdeka, is a historically poignant venue to a nation where a Union Jack dwindle was lowered, and a Malayan Federation dwindle was lifted for a initial time during a cadence of midnight. It is also one of a sites for a sixth tallest dwindle stick in a world.

Dataran Merdeka is also a venue for a Merdeka Day parade.

Resplendent in their crisp, white uniforms, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) coercion officers and crew arrange during a margin nearby a flagpole.

The eventuality starts with a singing of a inhabitant anthem, Negaraku, and a lifting of a Jalur Gemilang. It is followed by a enthralling opening by riders from DBKL equine unit. This is accompanied by a coronet rope belting out 3 to 4 songs.

The event, doesn’t final long, around 10 to fifteen minutes, so be certain to come early. Oh, and do move along a camera, we wouldn’t wish to skip this new captivate to a city!

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