Merdeka series 2/31 (Flag)


Yellow, red, blue and white are the colours of the Malaysia flag.

The CIA’s website has a description of the flag of Malaysia. They quoted as follows:

Flag Description:
14 equal horizontal stripes of red (top) alternating with white (bottom); there is a blue rectangle in the upper hoist-side corner bearing a yellow crescent and a yellow 14-pointed star; the crescent and the star are traditional symbols of Islam; the design was based on the flag of the US


Hmm…I do wonder if the flag is really designed based on the flag of the United States of America?

So, I did a further search and found the history of the Malaysia flag on Wiki:


The Malaysian flag was designed by Mohamed Hamzah, a 29 year old architect working in Public Works Deparment (JKR) in Johor Bahru, Johor. He entered a flag design competition in 1947 with two designs. The first design was a green flag with blue kris in the middle, surrounded by 15 white stars. The second design which was accepted to the final three was similar to the current flag but with a 5 sided star.

Dato’ Onn Jaafar met with Mohamed Hamzah after he won the competition and suggested the star is changed to an 11 sided star to reflect the Federated Malay States and the 3 Straits Settlements. Mohamed Hamzah died just shy of his 75th birthday on 13 February 1993.

The Malaysian flag was approved by King George VI on 19 May 1950 and was first raised in front of Istana Selangor on 26 May 1950.

I really do not remember reading about any history of the Malaysia’s flag. So I do find these information very enlightening.

On a side note, I am disappointed that none of our Government agencies’ websites appear when I did the search.

However, I am delighted that when I google for Malaysia Best, this website comes up 6th on the first page! I am thrilled, actually. I wonder in future if anyone search for Malaysia best (whatever), this site will still turn up high on the page rank?

Post Author: Lilian

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3 thoughts on “Merdeka series 2/31 (Flag)


    (August 2, 2005 - 5:08 pm)

    Thanks for the facts on the flag. I never knew it was part of a competition!

    I love the yellow hibiscus. So tommorrow is it a white one?

    Evelyn Lim

    (August 31, 2006 - 1:00 pm)

    The history about Jalur Gemilang is interesting. They should put it in our textbooks because it’s something we should all know about.


    (August 31, 2006 - 7:32 pm)

    Evelyn Lim? Do u, by any chance, happen to be my former usm lecturer? hehe

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