Malaysia National Anthem

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Anthem History

The Malaysian National Anthem, an adaptation of the Perak State Anthem, has special links to Sultan Abdullah of Perak who was exiled to the Seychelles by the British colonialists following the assassination of the state's first British Resident (J.W.W Birch) in 1876. The Anthem was selected by a special committee headed by Malaysia's first Prime Minister, the late Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra al-Haj. Initially, a world-wide contest was held for the composition of a national anthem for the infant Federation of Malaya, but none of the entries including those from distinguished composers of international standing were found suitable. The final selection, in a ceremony at the Police Depot in Kuala Lumpur on 5 August 1957, favoured the Perak State Anthem on account of its traditional flavour and melody. With the formation of Malaysia on September 16, 1963, it was adopted as the National Anthem of Malaysia. On April 4, 1968, the National Language Act which makes any act of disrespect towards the National Anthem a punishable offence was gazetted. The honour of performing the National Anthem is restricted to designated individuals only. During the 1992 National Day celebrations, the National Anthem was given a faster beat to signal the dynamic progress of the nation as it moves towards its homegrown Vision 2020.

Anthem Lyrics

Negaraku

Tanah tumpahnya darahku

Rakyat hidup

Bersatu dan Maju



Rahmat Bahagia

Tuhan kurniakan

Raja Kita

Selamat bertahta.



Rahmat Bahagia

Tuhan kurniakan

Raja Kita

Selamat bertahta.

Malaysia Flag

Flag Date of Adoption 16 September 1963
Flag Symbolism named Jalur Gemilang (adopted August 31 1997), consist of 14 red (top) and white (bottom) stripes of equal width, a blue rectangle in the upper hoist-side corner bearing a crescent and a star. The red and white stripes stand for the equal status in the Federation of the member states and the Federal government. The union of carton of dark blue in the upper quarter of the flag next to the staff represents the unity of the people of Malaysia. The union contains the crescent which is the symbol of Islam, and the star with its 14 points symbolises the unity of the 13 states of the Federation with the Federal government. The yellow of the crescent and the star is the royal colour of the hereditary Malay Rulers. The design was based on the flag of the US.

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