Merdeka – A New Malaysia

A New Hope

The New Malaysia concept is aimed at restarting a progressive and visionary move by putting in place new strategies so that the goal of making Malaysia a great and respected nation can be achieved.

In his speech at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly last year, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad stated that via the New Malaysia concept, the government and leadership is committed to ensuring that every Malaysian enjoy the nation’s prosperity buttressed by equitable distribution of wealth generated by the nation-state. It should be remembered that the emergence of New Malaysia is a response to Malaysians who wanted changes in the political, governmental, economic and social systems.

Malaysians want a New Malaysia that upholds the principles of justice, has good governance and a high level of integrity, and exalts the concept of the rule of law. Many changes have been implemented or are in the pipeline:

FIRST, the size of the cabinet and membership was reduced to fewer than 30 ministers.

Reflecting a more confident leadership, policy decisions in the cabinet are no longer based on consensus but on majority support.

With this method, a decision is easier to reach for the benefit of the people compared with the previous method of consensus, where decisions reached a stalemate due to dissension in the rank;

SECOND, efforts to eradicate corruption were intensified. Many steps were initiated. Government officials are dissuaded from accepting gifts except perhaps tokens. Any donation to a party in the government is not allowed without prior consent from the cabinet;

THIRD, the media have latitude and more freedom. However, the new ruling party is mindful of reports that may create tension and uneasiness among the multiethnic population.

Nevertheless, there is a more lax attitude, believing that the media organisations will exercise discretion and ensure that law and order are sustained; and,

FOURTH, Dr Mahathir’s administration is set to be business-friendly by adopting an open participation policy.

Managing business startups will be simplified and bureaucratic red tape will be reviewed.

The government has indicated that it will revisit laws that restrict the freedom to trade in an effort to make business activities freer and easier.

All projects will be conducted through open tender in an effort to be transparent.

The government has stated that it will encourage and accept investments. Foreign direct investments are slated to bring in capital and technology.

As for development projects, such as the construction of new townships, local companies are given preference as they have the capabilities.

As for large-scale infrastructure projects, foreign participation will be allowed only if there is no local expertise.

The new government is bent on upholding the rule of law. This has been reiterated by members of the ruling party and it will apply to everyone, regardless of rank, status or education.

The government is also reviewing laws and regulations to strengthen governance and weed out obsolete laws.

The government is committed to distributing the nation’s wealth to all parties fairly and equitably.

The federal government has pledged to reinstate the rights of Sabah and Sarawak as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and examine to which extent provisions in MA63 have been implemented to safeguard the rights and interests of residents in Sabah and Sarawak.

Therefore, the new government is going forward with new visions and missions to create a Malaysia that was envisioned by our forefathers.

It is the greatest challenge to have emerged since Malaya’s independence in 1957 and the formation of the Federation of Malaysia in 1963.

The country is going through a transformation and reform phase that demands all parties to work together and strive to achieve the goals of a New Malaysia.

As Malaysians who love this nation, we should cooperate and work together so that we can continue to enjoy the blessings of independence, prosperity and successes of our great nation. Anything else is secondary.

by Dr Al-Azharri Siddiq Kamunri, Putrajaya

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Our Pride

The flag of Malaysia, also known as Jalur Gemilang in Malay ("Stripes of Glory"), is composed of a field of 14 alternating red and white stripes along the fly and a blue canton bearing a crescent and a 14-point star known as the Bintang Persekutuan (Federal Star). The 14 stripes, of equal width, represent the equal status in the federation of the 13 member states and the federal territories, while the 14 points of the star represent the unity between these entities. The crescent represents Islam, the country's state religion; the blue canton symbolizes the unity of the Malaysian people; the yellow of the star and crescent is the royal color of the Malay rulers

Negaraku (My Country) is the national anthem of Malaysia. It was selected as a national anthem at the time of the Federation of Malaya's independence from the UK in 1957. The tune was originally used as the regional anthem of Perak, which was adopted from a popular French melody titled "La Rosalie" composed by the lyricist Pierre-Jean de Béranger. Source

Tanah tumpahnya darahku
Rakyat hidup
Bersatu dan maju
Rahmat Bahagia
Tuhan kurniakan
Raja kita
Selamat bertakhta
Rahmat Bahagia
Tuhan kurniakan
Raja kita
Selamat bertakhta

My motherland
The land where my blood has spilt
Where the people live
United and progressive
With God given
Blessings of happiness
May our King
Reign in peace
With God given
Blessings of happiness
May our King
Reign in peace

Whereas our country, MALAYSIA nurtures the ambitions of:

  • Achieving a more perfect unity amongst the whole of her society
  • Preserving a democratic way of life
  • Creating a just society where the prosperity of the country can be enjoyed together in a fair and equitable manner
  • Guaranteeing a liberal approach towards her rich and varied cultural traditions; and
  • Building a progressive society that will make use of science and modern technology.

We, Her People, pledge our united efforts to attain these ends guided by these principles:


Merdeka Theme

Sayangi MalaysiaKu : Malaysia Bersih (Love Malaysia : Clean Malaysia)


Malaysia is a country in Southeast Asia. The federal constitutional monarchy consists of 13 states and three federal territories, separated by the South China Sea into two similarly sized regions, Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia (Malaysian Borneo). Peninsular Malaysia shares a land and maritime border with Thailand and maritime borders with Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia. East Malaysia shares land and maritime borders with Brunei and Indonesia and a maritime border with the Philippines and Vietnam. Kuala Lumpur is the national capital and largest city while Putrajaya is the seat of federal government. With a population of over 30 million, Malaysia is the world's 44th most populous country. The southernmost point of continental Eurasia, Tanjung Piai, is in Malaysia. In the tropics, Malaysia is one of 17 mega diverse countries, with large numbers of endemic species. Source

The country is home to people of various national, ethnic and religious origins. Majority of the population, however, belong to several clearly defined ethnolinguistic groups within the country with their own distinct cultures and traditions: Malays, Orang Asli (aboriginal population), Malaysian Chinese (primarily Han Chinese), Malaysian Indians (primarily Tamils). Malays themselves are the source of the name Malaysia ("land of Malays") as they traditionally formed the majority during the British rule. The majority of the non-Malay and non-aboriginal population in modern Malaysia is made up of immigrants and their descendants. Following the initial period of Portuguese, Dutch and then significantly longer British colonization, different waves (or peaks) of immigration and settlement of non-aboriginal peoples took place over the course of nearly five centuries and continue today. Source



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