Malaysian 50 Years Independence
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A delegation led by Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj
headed off to London in January 1956 with a mission entrusted by the
people of Malaya to negotiate for the country's independence. The
negotiation was successful and the Merdeka cry was heard throughout
Malaya on 31st August 1957. It was the new beginning for a nation that
had been under the domination of foreign powers for more than 446
Today, after 50 years of independence, we have
achieved advancements in various fields. We are no longer a colony and
we have moved forward based on our own aspirations and under our
constitutional democracy system. It is hoped that the peace and
harmony that are currently enjoyed by 26 million Malaysians from
various background, ethnicity and creed would continue to be the pride
of future generations.
The first 50 sen stamp brings back a moment in the
nation's history on how it all began. It depicts Tunku Abdul Rahman
Putra Al-Haj signing the Declaration of Independence that became the
biggest milestone in the nation's history. The historical event
validated the sovereignty of Malaya and marked the starting point for
the country as a free and independent nation. The replica of the
historic document is shown in the background.
The second 50 sen stamp celebrates the achievement of
our nation after 50 years of independence. It depicts the logo of the
Golden Jubilee celebration of Malaysia's Independence to commemorate
the 50 years of our nation's sovereignty. The logo was designed based
on the National Flag, known as "Jalur Gemilang", symbolizing the pride
of the people of Malaysia.
This first 30 sen stamp depicts the historical Sultan
Abdul Samad building that witnessed the bringing down of the British
Government flag, "The Union Jack" at midnight of 30th August 1957 at
the Selangor Club Field (now known as Merdeka Square) to signify the
end of British Colonial era. In the center, it features the legendary
leader, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj during significant moment when
he declared the independence of Malaya at Stadium Merdeka in the
morning of 31st August 1957. His historic "Merdeka" cries sparked off
a celebration throughout the nation. Also featured are Parliament
Building as the symbol of the nation's sovereignty, the strength of
the Government of Malaysia and its constitutions as well as the
National Monument as the symbol of the struggle and sacrifice by the
people to defend the nation.
The second 30 sen stamp reflects the nation's
achievement after 50 years of independence. It depicts the Petronas
Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur Tower, the Government's administrative
building at Putrajaya, the national car and Penang bridge, where all
of these symbolizes our achievement as a modern and developing country
under our strong, capable, and visionary leaders.
The miniature sheet is a tribute to the strong,
capable and visionary leaders of the past and present who contribute
endlessly to shape the nation to be what it is today. The upper part
of the sheet depicts the pride of the people of Malaysia, the national
flag, known as "Jalur Gemilang".
The lower part features the Prime Ministers who had
strived to ensure the continuity of the country's sovereignty as a
free and independent nation.
|Date of Issue
||31 August 2007
||30 sen x 2, 50 sen x 2
||40mm x 30mm
||100mm x 70mm
|Stamp Size in
||70mm x 35mm