The time was 11:58pm when the Prime Minister-elect, Tunku Abdul Rahman, arrived. You could almost feel and touch the expectation in the air, like wisps of smoke tendrils. The crowds had gathered and everyone was waiting for the stroke of midnight.
Exactly at the turn of the day on 31 August 1957, the Union Flag at Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur was lowered and the flag of Malaya was raised. The country had officially gained its independence from British rule.
The national anthem blared from speakers followed by seven crowd-roared chants of “Merdeka!” (freedom).
The celebrations continued during the day, moving to the Merdeka Stadium where more than 20,000 including rulers of Malay states, foreign dignitaries, members of the federal cabinet and united Malaysian citizens witnessed Tunku Abdul Rahman read the Proclamation of Independence.
In 2018, 61 years after, the unity in Malaysia’s eclectic mix of ethnic groups including the Malays, Indians and Chinese with different cultures, ideologies, and religions is just as important as ever. The unity in the diversity is what binds the country together and helps it grow forward.
At Nettium, we understand the importance of unity in diversity. Our 350 people in Malaysia and Singapore are from 12 different nationalities including Malaysia and Singapore (of course), India, Pakistan, Syria, Nigeria, the Philippines and Indonesia.
On Friday 31 August 2018, as Malaysia marks its 61st year of independence, of unity in diversity and of remarkable economic growth, we wish every Malaysian happy Independence Day celebrations wherever you may be!