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Flag of Malaysia

Flag of Malaysia

Interesting note is that Peninsular Malaysia – Federation of Malaya is only celebrating our 59th Merdeka – years of Independence from Britain on August 31, 1957. Sarawak gained Independence on July 22, 1963 and Sabah on August 31, 1963 thus making the 53 years of Independence for them.
Federation of Malaysia was only formed on September 16, 1963 and thus only 53 years of Malaysian Independence only next month.




Coat of Arms of Malaysia

Coat of Arms of Malaysia




Hari Merdeka

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hari Merdeka
(Independence Day)
Merdeka Day Parade 08 - 57.jpg

A man is thrown into the air by a crowd during Merdeka Day celebrations in Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur, 2008
Official name Hari Merdeka
Also called Merdeka
Observed by Malaysians, except Sarawakians
Type National
Significance Marks the independence of theFederation of Malaya
Date 31 August
Next time 31 August 2016
Frequency annual
Part of a series on the
History of Malaysia
The independence of Malaya and the merger proclamation of North Borneo and Sarawak to formed Malaysia.

Hari Merdeka (Malaysian for ‘Independence Day’) refers to the day when theFederation of Malaya‘s independence from the British Empire was officially declared. At exactly 09:30 on 31 August 1957, the declaration was read by the first Chief Minister of Malaya, Tunku Abdul Rahman at the Merdeka Stadium in the presence of thousands of people including Malay Rulers, members of the federal government, and foreign dignitaries.

To commemorate the event, Hari Merdeka was declared a national holiday in Malaysia and observed annually on 31 August. The day should not be confused with Hari Malaysia (‘Malaysia Day’) that commemorates the formation of Malaysia on 16 September 1963, when North Borneo, Sarawak, and Singapore federated with the existing states of the Federation of Malaya.



Posted August 31, 2016 by lspeng1951 in Photography

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