Malaysia’s National Day. Merdeka !

Malaysia’s National Day. Merdeka !

Malaysia has just celebrated its National Day yesterday (31 August 2016). In Malaysia, it is called “Hari Merdeka”, which means “Independence Day” and it is celebrated on the 31st of August every year. The country’s independence was achieved on 31 August 1957.

 

Malaysia consists of thirteen states namely Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Labuan, Federal Territory of Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Malacca (known as “Melaka” in Malay language), Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Penang (known as “Pulau Pinang” in Malay language), Perak, Perlis, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor and Terengganu. The capital city of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur.

 

The weather in Malaysia is of tropical rainforest and equatorial climate. It is generally sunny all year round with rain every now and then. Malaysia is a beautiful country with a lot of beaches and greeneries that make great tourist attractions. Yet it has cities with modern developments such as shopping complexes with international brands shops and of course, there is our famous Petronas Twin Towers which held the world record for tallest building from year 1998 to 2004.

 

Malaysia is a multi-cultural country with citizens of many different races from the Indigenous People (known as “Orang Asli” in Malay language), Malay, Chinese, Indian, Punjabi, Eurasian and even Westerners who became citizens of Malaysia. There are places of worships for different religions in each state of the country. The citizens’ nationality is Malaysian and some of them prefer to regard their race as Malaysian. All the races live harmoniously together. After all, Malaysia’s motto is “Unity Is Strength” which is translated to Malay language as “Bersekutu Bertambah Mutu”.

 

As Malaysia consists of so many different races, the food served by these different races has made it possible for a wide variety of food to choose from. Our local delicacies are delicious and we have options of halal as well as non-halal food. 

 

Malaysia is rich in natural resources and the economy is driven by the exporting of natural and agricultural resources, tourism, manufacturing and commerce. There are many events and festivals taking place in Malaysia each year, with some worldwide events. Visit Malaysia and may you be welcomed by the diversed cultural natives as well as the blend of modern and traditional experiences.