Little Indian Boy
Recognise him? This is the little Indian boy from one of our earliest Merdeka festive advertisements.
Laksamana Do Re Mi 1972
Laksamana Do Re Mi is a comedy that debuted in 1972 and is the last film by Malaysian screen legend Tan Sri P.Ramlee. P.Ramlee was one of the most beloved and iconic Malaysian stars, with an instantly recognisable body of work.
Kuala Lumpur Mini Bus Service
One of the oldest and most popular modes of transport in the Klang Valley from the late 70s-late 90s, the iconic minibus service cost 40 sen, did not have a fixed timetable and sported a lively pink colour.
Jalur Gemilang 1963
The official Malaysian flag was born in 1963 when Sabah and Sarawak became a part of Malaysia. It consists of fourteen horizontal red and white stripes to represent the fourteen states, with a 14-point star symbolising unity among these entities and a crescent to symbolise Islam. Both star and crescent are in the royal yellow colour, on a field of blue symbolising unity among all Malaysians.
The 1st PETRONAS station 1981
PETRONAS opened its first fully equipped service station in Taman Tun Dr Ismail on July 5th 1981. Today there are over 1000 stations in service.
Malaysia became the first Southeast Asian country to establish an automobile industry, with the launch of the first Proton Saga on 9 July 1985. This momentous occasion marks our nation’s forward march towards industrilisation and modernisation.
Thomas Cup 1992
The 17th tournament of the Thomas Cup was held on 16 May 1992 in Kuala Lumpur with Malaysian shuttlers Rashid, Razif and Jalani Sidek, Foo Kok Keong, Cheah Soon Kit, Soo Beng Kiang and Kwan Yoke Meng recapturing the trophy after 22 years.
This year, we invite Malaysians to relive our nation’s history with A Walk Through Time. Selamat Hari Merdeka and Happy Malaysia Day.
Opened in 1996, the Rapid Rail service is considered one of Malaysia’s most important economic developments. The infrastructure is a signal of Kuala Lumpur’s intent to become one of the best cities in the world – increasing mobility and convenience by servicing over 7 million people through 3 separate networks of connecting lines.
Sultan Abdul Samad Building
A historical landmark in its own right, the Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad has stood since 1897 and has witnessed momentous events including the declaration of our independence. The building was named after the reigning Sultan of Selangor at the time, and has since housed government offices and courts until 1997. Every year, the Independence Day parade takes place in front of this monumental building, continuing our 57-year old tradition.
Celebrated as the crown jewel of Kuala Lumpur, the iconic PETRONAS Twin Towers stands at 451.9 metres tall, marking the nation’s foray into the global scene as a major commercial player. The 88-storey towers are also headquarters to the nation’s oil and gas guardian since its inauguration in 1998. Today, the skyscrapers rank as one of Malaysia’s greatest achievements since independence.
One of the world’s tallest telecommunications centre, the KL tower is perched at 421 metres and designed in the traditional Islamic form of the “muqarnas”. When it was first built, this skyscraper was a symbol of Malaysia’s rise as a modern country with first-world infrastructure. A visit to this remarkable landmark will give you a 36O-degree view of how far we’ve progressed as a nation in the last 57 years.
Malaysia gained her independence from British colonial rule on 31 August 1957. Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia’s first Prime Minister, declared Merdeka 7 times in the fields of the Royal Selangor Club – a moment remembered forever by all Malaysians. Today, Malaysia is a peaceful country with a population of 30 million people.