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Malaysia Independence Day is celebrated this year on August 31st. It is also known as the National Day or Hari Merdeka in Malay. Malaysia Independence Day was declared on August 31, 1957. Thus, 2022 is going to witness the grand 64th Independence Day of Malaysia. Apart from other nations, Malaysia brought forward a special interest in celebrating Independence Day from the beginning of the month with various programs, competitions and other interesting events. Thus, it is also known as the National Month. Explore to know what is Independence Day in Malaysia and How many years of independence did Malaysia have?
History of Malaysia Independence Day
The activities for the independence of Malaysia were directed by the first Malaysian prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman. He headed a delegation of ministers and state governors of Malaya to consult with the British for freedom. The struggle for independence was formulated then and later with many deliberations, freedom was obtained.
As the warning of communist issues, pretended through the Malayan Emergency slowly became more limited, an understanding was maintained on February 8, 1956, for Malaysia to achieve independence from the British Empire. However, because of some logistical and administrative purposes, their real independence was announced in the subsequent year on August 31, 1957.
On the evening of August 30, 1957, groups assembled at Merdeka Square in Kuala Lumpur to see the handover of authority from the British superiors to the Malaysian authority. Then, the Union Jack in the square was lowered. The Flag of Malaysia was established as the national anthem Negaraku was performed. This was supported by seven chants of “Merdeka” by the masses.
Independence Day Timeline
|1948||Malayan Emergency was declared throughout by the British after the revolution from the communist party to overthrow the ruling party|
|1956||The Treaty of London was established to bring up the Federation of Malaya|
|1957||Malaysia received Independence from British authority after the colonial rule which headed up to 50 years.|
|1963||Federation of Malaysia was formed which consisted of the Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak, and Singapore|
Malaysia Independence Day 2022 Themes
For each year or specific year, the Nation considers certain themes to embrace the value and victory of the nation. Given below are some of the themes observed over years.
|1992||Wawasan Asas Kemajuan
(Vision is the Basis of Progress)
|1993||Bersatu Menuju Wawasan
(Together Towards Vision)
|1994||Nilai Murni Jayakan Wawasan
(Good Values Makes the Vision a Success)
|1995||Jatidiri Pengerak Wawasan
(Steadfastness Moves the Vision Forward)
|1996||Budaya Penantu Kecapaian
(Culture Determines Achievements)
|1997||Akhlak Mulia Masyarakat Jaya
(Good Values Make a Successful Society)
|1998||Negara Kita, Tanggungjawab Kita
(Our Country, Our Responsibility)
|1999||Bersatu Ke Alaf Baru
(Together Towards the New Millennium)
(Because of you, Malaysia)
|2006||Keranamu Malaysia: Misi Nasional, Penjaya Wawasan
(Because of you, Malaysia: National Mission, Visionary Generator)
(My Glorious Malaysia)
|2008||Perpaduan Teras Kejayaan
(Unity Is The Core of Success)
|2009||Malaysia: Rakyat Didahulukan, Pencapaian Diutamakan
(Malaysia: People First, Performance Now)
|2010||Malaysia: Menjana Transformasi
(Malaysia: Transforming the Nation)
|2011||Malaysia: Transformasi Berjaya, Rakyat Sejahtera
(Malaysia: Successful Transformations, Prosperous Citizens)
|2012||55 Tahun Merdeka: Janji Ditepati
(55 Years of Independence: Promises Fulfilled)
|2013||Malaysiaku Berdaulat, Tanah Tumpahnya Darahku
(My Sovereign Malaysia, The Land Where My Blood Has Spilt)
|2014||Malaysia, Di Sini Lahirnya Sebuah Cinta
(Malaysia, Here Is Where Love Begins)
|2015–2016||Malaysia, Sehati Sejiwa
(United, Unified Malaysia)
|2017||Negaraku Sehati Sejiwa
(My Country, United and Unified)
(Love My Malaysia)
|2019||Sayangi Malaysiaku: Malaysia Bersih
(Love My Malaysia: A Clean Malaysia)
How is Malaysia Independence Day Celebrated?
- Malaysia’s Independence Day is observed with a full ceremony and parade, meaning the whole unity and love of Malaysians of all cultures and creeds.
- The whole city will be decorated and celebrated with lights and sparks
- The ceremony stations on Merdeka Square in the morning, the opening position of a magnificent parade. The King and administration leaders sit amongst the viewers.
- The Malaysian Flag will be waved and displayed all over with much pride and care
- Many competitions and fun events will be displayed and conducted
- The whole nation comes under the umbrella of love and pride together to celebrate the victory of their nation.
Creative Ways to Celebrate Independence Day in 2022 Pandemic Period
- Make use of social media and put interesting and thrilling posters to promote patriotism
- You can write pride enriching poetry or tales of warriors of history
- Post pictures and promote the small scale business of the poor residence on this Independence Day
- If you look to cook, cook something special with a touch of patriotism or including the Malaysia Flag in your unique touch
- Educate the young generation about the values of the day
Know about Malaysia through Books
- The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
- When I Was a Kid by Boey
- Kampung Boy by Lat
- The Rice Mother’ by Rani Manicka
- The Harmony Silk Factory’ by Tash Aw
16 Interesting Facts about Malaysia
- Merdeka means Independence.
- The Nation received independence from the British Empire in 1957.
- Malaysia was originally known by Federation of Malaya.
- The proclamation was read by a Malay royalty Tunku Abdul Rahman
- The road to Independence wasn’t a one-man show. Tunku Abdul Rahman didn’t go to the Lancaster House in London by himself.
- The declaration was made at Dataran Merdeka earlier known as the Royal Selangor Club field.
- ‘Merdeka’ was not hailed thrice.
- Negaraku was formerly a state anthem
- Tunku Abdul Rahman became the Father of Independence
- Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore joined later on and a new federation was born in 1963.
- Ethnic Malays value for about half of Malaysia’s expected 31 million people. Other important groups add Chinese, Indians and many indigenous communities.
- Malaysia has a different rotating power mode, in which nine ethnic Malay state leaders take services as King for five-year intervals.
- The nation is made up of a couple of central landmasses, Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo.
- The Sarawak Cave Chamber is the biggest public cave chamber in the world. It is seen in Gunung Mulu National Park, on the land of Borneo.
- The Malaysia currency is the ringgit
- Four UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sites are found in Malaysia: Kinabalu Park, Gunung Mulu National Park, the historic towns of Melaka, George Town, and the archaeological legacy section of the Lenggong Valley.
Malaysia Independence Day is celebrated with much joy and ecstasy. People in Malaysia considers the whole month as worthy to be celebrated. They bring forward many activities like parades, assemblies, parties, crackers and celebrations with new cuisines and Malaysia special food items to spice up the event. Patriotism is reflected throughout and the pride of being a citizen of Malaysia is embraced throughout.
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