Saidatina Khadijah

Topics: Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Federation of Malaya Pages: 2 (513 words) Published: August 18, 2010
For me the word independence means being free from someone or something. In this case it would be Malaysia being free from the United Kingdom. As far as I know about Independence day it pretty much means an annual celebration for the anniversary of a nations independence. Malaysia’s independence was different from other countries because it was peaceful. They did not fight instead they just talked to the British. So on August 31 1957 the first prime minister of Malaysia Allahyarham Tunku Abdul Rahman proudly declared the independence of Malaya by shouting out “Merdeka” seven times at the Merdeka Stadium. In 1956, the Prime Minister of Malaysia Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj led a delegation to London to hold talks with the British Government concerning independence for Malaya. The Malayan delegation, comprising of four representatives of the Malay Rulers and four Alliance representatives, convinced the British Government to set a date for independence which is on 31st August 1957. And so it came to pass that on the eve of 31 August 1957, at the Selangor Club Padang, the Malayan flag was hoisted to replace the Union Jack. Early the next morning the Tunku read the Proclamation of Independence at the historic Merdeka Stadium. On both occasions, Tunku's shouts of Merdeka! were joyously echoed by thousands of Malayans who were there, and the millions who followed the proceedings through the mass media. Malaya had officially gained independence from the former colonialists and became known as the Federation of Malaya, to be followed in 1963 by a change in name to the Federation of Malaysia. And every year since that momentous event in 1957, Malaysians of all races proudly celebrate the anniversary of their independence.       Malaysia has come along way since then. After almost half a century of progress, development and improvement, the country has become a role model for other developing countries. 1Malaysia concept shown that people of different cultures and...
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