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Saturday, January 7, 2012

History of the Federation of Malaya flag

Merdeka, Merdeka, Merdeka! - Exactly at 12:00 pm August 30, 1957 at the Selangor Golf Club The Union Jack was lowered and the Federation of Malaya flag raised to full glory, symbolizes the liberation of our beloved country. Thousands of people from all walks of life and the nation as well as independence fighters saw the event with pride.

History of receipt of the Federation of Malaya flag is in agreement with the Conference of Rulers in which a committee was formed in 1949 to consider and make recommendations relating to the design of the Federation of Malaya flag.

A National competition was held to select the flag of the new Federation of Malaya. The competition is held by the Federal Legislative Council in 1949. A total of 373 employees took part in the three selected design to the final flag. The first design was a badge of crossed kris in the middle surrounded by 11 five-pointed stars. The second design is similar to the first design except for the 11 stars were arranged in two circles around the crossed kris. The third design is 11 blue and white stripes with a yellow moon and star on the hoist.

Federal Legislative Council invites the public to give their opinions on all three of the design. Public opinion was conducted by The Malay Mail newspaper. The final result is published pad 28 November 1949 shows that the majority of the public chose the third design. The design is the creation of a Government Architect in Johor, Mr Mohamad bin Hamzah.
The flag design with a few amendments have attained the support of the Conference Meeting on 22 and 23 February 1950. On 19 April 1950 the Federal Legislative Council approved a motion proposed by the Acting Chief Secretary as follows:

"That in the opinion of this Council, the Flag of the Federation of Malaya should be as follows:-

Eleven horizontal stripes alternately red and white in colour, the uppermost stripe being red, having a blue quarter with a cresent and eleven-pointed star in yellow superimposed, the standard size of the flag to be six feet by three feet." Eleven horizontal stripes alternately red and white in color, the uppermost being red Stripe, Having a blue quarter with a cresent and eleven-pointed star in yellow superimposed, the standard size of the flag to be six feet by three feet. "

The flag design was approved by King George VI on May 19, 1950. The first time the Federation of Malaya flag was hoisted in the flag raising ceremony organized by the British High Commissioner on 26 May 1950 at the Palace of the Sultan of Selangor in the presence of HRH Malay Rulers and Officers of the King George VI.


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