Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Happy 53rd Merdeka Malaysia

Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka! Wish everyone will be flying their Malaysian flag high today even though we can read almost everyday that some people doing a no flag waving for this merdeka (Independence).  In protest for the new government who keep on increasing petrol price and never give bonuses to the government servant. Happy 53rd Merdeka Malaysia. Where ever you are. How high do you you put your flag (at least) for this year celebration? Or you one of the many who don't fly any flag today? I don't judge, I just want to know why. Hehehehe....


For some people, Merdeka is just watching firework at 12 am while shouting Merdeka. After that, the next morning going to the Merdeka Parade or for some just watch it on TV. Some of us even don't know the history of our own country. Anyway, today I just want to share what I found out about Malaysia.

1. Do you know how Malaysia choose hibiscus as our national flower?
Once Malaysia achieved independence in 1957, Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra AI-Haj expressed a desire to find a suitable flower to declared as the National flower for Federation of Malaya. Thus, he has directed the Ministry of Agriculture to find the flowers in the country to be selected as the national flower. After a thorough search for a while and ended at the end of 1958, the Ministry of Agriculture highlighted the seven types of flowers kenanga, hibiscus, melor, lotus, rose, cempaka and tanjung (sorry, I don't know their name in english).
From all the flowers chosen, hibiscus has been officially announced as the national flower of the Federation of Malaya on 28 July 1960 by Prime Minister of Malaysia. The selection was made based on the uniqueness of the self-interest than other flowers.The red hibiscus flower was seen as a symbol of political and economic strength and courage of the people in the nature of challenges. Meanwhile, the five petals are means of five Fundamental principles. Hibiscus also has a lot of color, shape and size reflect the different races, religions and cultures of the various races living in peace and harmony.

2. How The flag get the name Jalur Gemilang?
The Malaysian flag with its 14 alternate red and white horizontal stripes representing the 14 states including the Federal Territory as well as a crescent and eleven point star superimposed in yellow inside a blue quarter was officially named the Jalur Gemilang by the then Prime Minister Datuk Seri (Tun) Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Aug 31, 1997 in conjunction with the nation's 40th anniversary of independence. Jalur Gemilang combines the Malay word "Jalur" which means stripes or range of values while "Gemilang" signified glory, the Jalur Gemilang is a symbol of national identity that encompasses the 1Malaysia concept.

3. Why Tiger has been chosen as Malaysia animal symbol?
One of the main reason is that tiger symbolize power and strength. Tiger is one of the earliest animal found in federations of Malaya. You can also found a pair of tiger flank on Malaysia coat of arms, this is as a symbol of Malaysia in the sphere and always ready.

Happy Merdeka day everyone. Please share what this 53rd Merdeka meant for you Malaysian?

Chayo-chayo....

44 comments:

Kulanz Salleh said...

Selamat menyambut ulangtahun kemerdekaan ke-53

aNiS tHe BumbleBee said...

hye zezebel :D.sgt bagus info yg awk bagi ni.ramai yg xtau pasal sejarah negara malaysia kan..good job!

etomyam said...

happy merdeka day zezebel... off topic, i like 'eyes of the tiger' song hehe

Donha said...

yeake harimau tu ganas? garang? kuat? nampak comel je. roflt! =,=

Jamie said...

Happy Merdeka!

I have some sparklers left over from the Fourth of July I could set off (tonight, outside, of course). Maybe finally get that burger I was cheated out of on the USA's Independence Day because my teeth went bad the night before? :)

~ ReD ~ said...

salam kemerdekaan..:D

Zikr the Jalanan Sepi Perantau said...

white hisbiscus... jarang nampak... merah tuh selalu

cybernetic88 said...

salam merdeka ye akak. hee

Mylene said...

Happy Merdeka to you! Now I learn a new word for Malaysia's Independence Day.

The first flower pic looks like the one we have in the Philippines which we call gumamela. :-) Oh, tiger, I scared of this animal. Aren't they wild?

en_me said...

salam merdeka akak zezebel itteww bahh..

lina said...

Selamat Hari Merdeka!

a kl citizen said...

salam merdeka bel...

hopefully in the years to come, loving our country to the utmost will be instilled among all our young generations...

we should look at how proud our neighbouring citizens of their countries e.g indonesia... esp when they celebrate their independence day... awesome

Girlie said...

Happy Independence Day!

Zezebel said...

Kulanz.
Selamat menyambut hari kemerdekaan juga.

Zezebel said...

Salam aNiS.
Terima kasih.

Zezebel said...

etomyam.
What song is that?

Zezebel said...

Donha.
Pegi zoo melaka, try usik harimau kat sana yek. Hehehehe.... pengalaman ngeri.

Zezebel said...

Thanks Jamie.
Still having bad teeth?

Zezebel said...

Salam merdeka juga ReD.

Zezebel said...

Zikr.
merah tu yang sebenarnya bunga kebangsaan.

Zezebel said...

Salam merdeka adik cybernetic.

Zezebel said...

Mylene.
I think this flower can be found in any tropical climate.
I scared of tiger to. Had a scary experience when I go to Melaka zoo before.

Zezebel said...

en_me.
Selamat merdeka.
Apasal semua orang panggil saya akak plak ni? Hehehehe....

Zezebel said...

selamat hari merdeka lina.

Zezebel said...

Cikgu.
I wish the same thing to.

Zezebel said...

Thank you Girlie.

cemomoi said...

slamat nyambut hari merdeka, jom amik semangat semua simbol tu...

donnyien said...

aik KM ada harimau ka bel :)

Cik Akma said...

merdekaaaa ;)

Zezebel said...

cemomoi.
Selamat hari merdeka juga.

Zezebel said...

donny.
Ko tia tau meh? Hehehehehe....

Zezebel said...

Cik Akma.
Selamat menyambut merdeka.

lionteen said...

slamat hr merdeka..
i luv malaysia:)

Zezebel said...

Selamat hari merdeka juga lionteen.

adamfaiz said...

salam merdeka utk orang sabah

Sir Marcello said...

sempat lagi nie...happy national day :) Merdeka~

Dhemz said...

wow! good to know princess Z...thanks for sharing about Malaysia.

hibiscus is your national flower? we call that flower in the PHilippines, gumamela.

Bella Enveeus said...

Happy National Day!! Well, still can i think.. HAHA

Zezebel said...

adamfaiz.
Salam Merdeka untuk awak juga.

Zezebel said...

Sir Marcello.
Happy national day to.

Zezebel said...

Thanks Dhemz.
In malay we call hibiscus bunga raya.

Zezebel said...

Thank you Bella Enveeus.

hafidz said...

Salam kemerdekaan Malaysia! =)

Zezebel said...

hafidz

Same goes to you :D

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