Declaration of Independence of Malaysia 1957

At a ceremony in the new Merdeka Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Abdul Rahman proclaimed Malaya as ‘a sovereign, democratic and independent State founded on the principles of liberty and justice, and ever seeking the welfare and happiness of its people and the maintenance of a just peace among all nations.’ He went on to say that Malaya had been ‘blessed with a good administration forged and tempered to perfection by by successive British administrators’ and called for Britain’s legacy not to be forgotten or spoiled in the future. A message from the Queen welcomed Malaya to the Commonwealth and numerous Commonwealth premiers sent goodwill wishes. The Union Jack was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted in its place, while elsewhere in the country there were fireworks, bonfires, dances and concerts.
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Newspaper regarding the memorable moment of the ceremony on Merdeka Stadium where Malaysia declared her independence from British rule.

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The Proclamation of Malaysia in 1957 written in English

 

 

 

 

1 Comment on “Declaration of Independence of Malaysia 1957

  1. Going independent would be a very important milestone in Kuala Lumpur. In the 19th century, Western countries had colonised different places and brought a lot of development and infrastructures to the colonial places. Yet, the development were mainly Western-style, leading to the loss of local culture. Being independent would allow the cities or countries to develop in their own context with their own style and culture. Meanwhile, resources from the colony would no longer be available and thus making development more difficult and daunting for them.

    From the example of Hong Kong, it was fortune that the British government had already brought mature development to us before the handover and thus Hong Kong’s economy did not hindered by the decolonization. However, the culture of Hong Kong had become a hybrid of traditional Chinese values and Western style, making Hong Kong unique and outstanding.

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