by: Fatihah binti Ramli
Malaysia Independence Day And Youth
History of Malaysia…
This year, we celebrate the 52nd anniversary of our Merdeka.What we know now as Malaysia in history, thus on 31 August 1957 Malaysia got its independence from the United Kingdom. The first of Prime Minister of Malaysia,Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj spearheaded the effort for independence. Allahyarham Tunku Abdul Rahman proudly declared the independence day of Malaysia by shouting out “Merdeka” seven times at the Merdeka Stadium. The national flag of Malaysia, also known as Jalur Gemilang or “Stripes of Glory,” was designed in 1947 by Mohamed Hamzah , a 29-year-old architect working for the Public Works Department in Johor Bahru, Johor. Malaysia is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multilingual and a multi-racial society- consisting of 52% Malays and other indigenous tribes,30% Chinese, 8% Indians living side by side. The bulk of the Malays are Muslims comprising of 52% of the population. Islam being the official religion of Malaysia. The Malay language, locally known as ‘Bahasa Melayu’, is the national language of Malaysia.
Independence means that the nation is free from any imposed political domination, citizens are sovereign and are masters of their own destiny. We should be proud that as citizens, we are a truly sovereign people. Forging a young Malaysian identity towards national unity. The average young Malaysian does not wake up early in the morning with thoughts of forging a Malaysian identity or nation building dominating in mind. They more concerned about beating the traffic jam, getting to work on time and having enough money to pay the monthly bills. We still have a long way to go in instilling civic consciousness among young Malaysians. However, the forces of globalization do not completely remove our Asian roots and identities. Our Malaysian identity is a unique blend between Asian heritage and Western influence. So, as youth, we strive to maintain Asian values such as respect for elders, tolerance, communal spirit and strong religious emphasis!
Suraya,22,DIBA student Segi UC “For me independence day its a day that we can feel freedom from any outside force.”
Norizatul Amira,23,CIMB bank staff “In my opinion,independence day is important day that we should not forget.Its remind us how lucky to be here with peaceful and happy without any wars.”
Shereen,20,DIPMC student TAR College “Merdeka have a lot of meaning for me because our country get freedom from colonist and also because of that now we have better life compare with last time.”