Merdeka Exhibition – Malaysia Independence Day

62 Years of Moment

Since the independence from the British Empire in 31st August 1957, Malaysia progress forward for 62 years and making itself visible in the world history. A progression in economic achievement, political and democratic maturity, adaptation to information technology, communion in social diversity, development in human capital and resources, etc makes Malaysia as one of the best gem in Asia as well as the world. Perpustakaan Sultanah Bahiyah UUM celebrate this moments by tracing the history of a pride nation called Malaysia!

Evidence of modern human habitation in Malaysia dates back 40,000 years until the foundation of Malacca as an important commercial trade center in Asia.

The Western superpowers acquired interest in Malaya minerals resources and started the era of occupation. It is the beginning of a long colonization for 446 years.

The occupation of the Japanese during WWII and the emergence of guerrilla operations by the Malayan Communist Party raised the nationalism spirit.

A strong opposition from the Malays, who opposed the establishment of a crown colony called the Malayan Union opened the path of independence struggle.

The independence day was celebrated on 31st August 1957 when the Federation of Malaya’s independence from the British Empire was officially declared.

Established on September 16th 1963 by the unity of Federation of Malaya, Singapore and the territories of Sabah and Sarawak form a nation called Malaysia.

The bloody racial riots on May 13, 1969 should be a lesson for the multiracial people to recognize the importance of staying united in order to live in harmony.

Malaysia has grown tremendously with a steady economic progression and rapid infrastructural development over the years since her independence.


Restarting and continuing a progressive and visionary vision by putting in new strategies so that Malaysia sustained as a great prosperity and respected nation.

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



Check out the memorable logos and themes that have been created in conjunction with the Merdeka celebration since 1976. More

Merdeka Events

Don't miss out the Merdeka celebration at your local area, state or the big parade at National Merdeka level. Check the events date and hours! More

Celebration Gallery

Browse the selected colorful gallery of images in conjunction with the Merdeka celebration around the nation. More

Online Exhibition

The Merdeka exhibition was produced by User Experience Service Unit, PSB UUM as part of Online Exhibition series.

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