It’s a bit late for Merdeka entry, but i had pour this out.
A day before celebrating Merdeka Day, i read The Sun newspaper on Merdeka. They’ve inserted Proclamation of Independence at Merdeka stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Aug 31, 1957. It was so touching when i read through para by para on how hard they were trying to get a status of a free independent and sovereign nation among the nations of the world.
The last paragraph was the most touching:
” Now in the name of God the Compassionate, the Merciful, I, TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN PUTRA IBNI AL-MARHUM SULTAN ABDUL HAMID HALIMSHAH, PRIME MINISTER OF THE PERSEKUTUAN TANAH MELAYU, with the concurrence and approval of Their Highnesses the Rulers of the Malay State do hereby proclaim and declare on behalf of the people of the Persekutuan Tanah Melayu that as form the thirty first day of August, nineteen hundred and fifty seven, the Persekutuan Tanah Melayu comprising the states of Johor, Pahang, Negri Sembilan, Selangor, Kedah, Perlis, Kelantan, Terengganu, Perak, Malacca and Penang is and with God’s blessing shall be for ever a sovereign democratic and independent state founded upon the principles of liberty and justice and ever seeking the welfare and happiness of its people and the maintenance of a just peace among all nations.
MERDEKA! MERDEKA! MERDEKA! (credit to The Sun, Aug 31)
When i went out from my apartment last Friday, it was so devastated to see unnecessary flag dominating the road instead of our National Flag. Yah..yah…it was just a Flag, but still the least you can do is to show some respect since you were still park under Malaysia. I do not understand why some states make a political issues as a barrier of not respecting the Independent Day. Regardless of which party you were, you still have to show respect towards our National Flag because when you dream about ruling this country, you still have to look up at this flag when we sing National anthem. In other country they also have political difference, yet they love their country the most. But in this country, they are just to carried away with powers and some desperados as well.
It’s true when people said ” Politic isn’t DIRTY, but the political masterminds and deperados make it DIRTY!”
(Image from Shahrill Ramli-http://undomiel84.wordpress.com)
Hari Merdeka (Independence Day) is a national day of Malaysia commemorating the independence of the Federation of Malaya from British colonial rule in 1957, celebrated on August 31 each year. But Malaysia was formed on 16 September, 1963 together by Federation of Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore
Events leading up to independence
The effort for independence was spearheaded by Tunku Abdul Rahman, the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, who led a delegation of ministers and political leaders of Malaya in negotiations with the British in London for Merdeka, or independence along with the first president of the Malayan Chinese Association (MCA) Tun Dato Sir Tan Cheng Lock and fifth President of Malaysian Indian Congress Tun V.T. Sambanthan. Once it became increasingly clear that the Communist threat posed during the Malayan Emergency was petering out, agreement was reached on February 8, 1956, for Malaya to gain independence from the British Empire. However, for a number of logistical and administrative reasons, it was decided that the official proclamation of independence would only be made the next year, on August 31, 1957, at Stadium Merdeka (Independence Stadium), in Kuala Lumpur.
August 31, 1957
On the night of August 30, 1957, crowds gathered at the Royal Selangor Club Padang in Kuala Lumpur to witness the handover of power from the British. Prime Minister-designate Tunku Abdul Rahman arrived at 11:58 pm and joined members of the Alliance Party‘s youth divisions in observing two minutes of darkness. On the stroke of midnight, the lights were switched back on, and the Union Flag in the square was lowered. The new Flag of Malaya was raised as the national anthem Negaraku was played. This was followed by seven chants of ‘Merdeka’ by the crowd. Tunku Abdul Rahman gave a speech hailing the ceremony as “greatest moment in the life of the Malayan people”.
On the morning of Saturday, August 31, 1957, the festivities moved to the newly completed Merdeka Stadium. More than 20,000 people witnessed the ceremony, which began at 9:30 am. Those in attendance included rulers of the Malay states, foreign dignitaries, members of the federal cabinet and citizens. The Queen‘s representative, the Duke of Gloucester presented Tunku Abdul Rahman with the instrument of independence. Tunku then proceeded to read the Proclamation of Independence, which culminated in the chanting of ‘Merdeka’ seven times with the crowd joining in. The ceremony continued with the raising of the National Flag of Malaya accompanied by the national anthem being played and a 21-gun salute, followed by an azan call and a thanksgiving prayer in honor of this great occasion.
(Credit to Wiki)
Jalur Gemilang (image from Google. Tq to the uploader)
The flag of Malaysia, also known as the Jalur Gemilang (Malay for “Stripes of Glory”), comprises a field of 14 alternating red and white stripes along the fly and a blue canton bearing a crescent and a 14-point star known as the Bintang Persekutuan (Federal Star). The 14 stripes, of equal width, represent the equal status in the federation of the 13 member states and the federal government, while the 14 points of the star represent the unity between these entities. The crescent represents Islam, the country’s official religion; the blue canton symbolizes the unity of the Malaysian people; the yellow of the star and crescent is the royal colour of the Malay rulers.
In blazon, the Malaysian flag is described as: “A banner Gules, seven bars Argent; the canton Azure charged with decrescent and mullet of fourteen points Or.” This means “a red flag with seven horizontal white stripes; the upper-left (hoist) quarter is blue with a yellow waning crescent (i.e. horns pointing to sinister) and a yellow 14-pointed star.”