The Flag of Malaysia recently was waved by the representative of Malaysia in the ongoing 2021 Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan. The Olympics has been the talk of the town worldwide. During the opening ceremony march, every country's flagbearer had the opportunity to wave their national flag proudly as representatives of each of their countries, including Malaysia. Learn more about flags from other countries here.
Since you have learned many things about Malaysia and the Malay language, let's dive deeper into the Malaysian culture and learn more about the Malaysian flag. It is the perfect occasion to learn about the flag of Malaysia and its history since the Independence of Malaysia is by the end of this month- August.
Before the country has its flag, each state in Malaya (Malaysia's previous name) had its own flag; most of these flags are still kept the same until now.
After World War II in 1946, The Malayan Union came to be when the British decided to put the Malay peninsula under a single government. However, the Union (which consisted of the Malay state, the straight settlements of Penang, and Malacca) did not last long due to opposition. Thus the Federation of Malaya was born in 1948.
The Malayan Union had its own flag. However, after the Federation of Malaya took over, a flag design competition was held to choose the perfect flag for the Federation in 1947. After receiving designs, three designs were presented to the public, and a public poll was held by The Malay Mail for the public to comment and to choose from. The third design presented was the one chosen out of all the designs sent by 373 participants.
The third design was designed by Mohamed Hamzah, a 29-year old architect. The design of the flag has 11 blue and white horizontal stripes, a red canton on the top-left side, and inside it contains a crescent moon, and a five-pointed star both white in color.
The symbolism of the original flag:
|Red, white, blue||A country belonging to the Commonwealth.|
|Star and crescent||represent the official religion for the federation.|
However, the flag was modified before it was finalized. The Malayan senior statesman at the time, Dato' Onn Jaafar met up with the winner after he won the competition to give a few suggestions to modify the flag. The result of the modification was as follows:
George VI later approved the Malayan Flag on 19 May 1950. It was also raised on 31 August 1957, the Federation's independence day at Merdeka Square.
The flag was modified again in September 1963. September 16, 1963, was the establishment of the Malaysian federation. The event was to celebrate the unification of Sabah, Sarawak, Singapore, and Malaya.
Since the formation of Malaysia has added new states, the star and stripes on the flag were changed as well. The number of points on the star was increased into a 14-point star, while three extra horizontal stripes were added to the flag and were made into 14 stripes.
These changes result in the current Flag of Malaysia called Jalur Gemilang, and it was officially first raised on the same day, September 16, 1963.
There are stripes and a canton as well as four colors in the Malaysian flag- red, white, yellow, and blue. Let's find out what they represent.
|Hari Merdeka||Independence Day|
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