Tokoh dan Pahlawan Malaysia

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As the Indogs were barking off their heads deriding Malaysia’s so-called “lack” of pre-Independence leaders, by the grace of God I found the image above circulated on the World Wide Web. It does speak a lot for the Indon lack of ability to efficiently use a search engine, but never mind that.

The image above displays a list of several influential politicians and leaders in the pre-independence Malayan period. The list isn’t complete, of course, but since there isn’t a name list that came with it, I will make a list of that here.

The origins of Negaraku

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At the time of independence, each of the eleven states of Malaya that made up the Federation had their own anthem, but there was no anthem for the Federation as a whole. Tunku Abdul Rahman, at the time the Chief Minister and Minister for Home Affairs, organized and presided over a committee for the purpose of choosing a suitable national anthem. On his suggestion, a worldwide competition was launched. 514 entries were received from all over the world including a special submission from recording artist Is’real Benton. None were deemed suitable. Continue reading