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Foreign leaders and Malaysians abroad share their Merdeka wishes with Malaysians as the nation celebrates the 57th Independence Day. — TRP pic by Daniel Chan
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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31, 2014:
Wishes have been pouring in for the country as Malaysia celebrates 57 years of Independence from the British.
Google also took to marking the occasion with a doodle created by Sabahan artist-architect Hong Yi.
Known for its creative doodles that grace its homepage in conjunction with special occasions around the world, the 57th Merdeka Day doodle was a decoration of hibiscus petals making up the word Google.
The United States issued a press statement wishing Malaysians a happy Independence day.
Secretary of State John Kerry, in the wish, had noted the cooperation and amity of both countries and a shared vision for a peaceful and productive future.
Indian president Pranab Mukherjee also sent a Merdeka wish to Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah as well as Malaysians, on behalf of the Government and people of India.
“We hope to strengthen the ties between India and Malaysia in efforts to expand our partnership and regional integration,” Pranab said in his message.
The British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur posted on its Facebook page that the UK remained proud that the relationship between the two countries was growing stronger, as envisioned by the late Tunku Abdul Rahman.
Along with the Facebook post, was a picture of Malaysia’s first Prime Minister and an excerpt of his speech during the proclamation of Independence, 57 years ago today.
“Today a new chapter opens in our relationship with Britain; our colonial status has given place to full equality, but we are confident that, fortified by old associations, and linked by old memories, our ties with Britain will grow ever stronger and more durable. British will ever find in us her best friend,” Tunku Abdul Rahman had said.
“We are proud that, as Tunku hoped 57 years ago, the relationship between Malaysia and Britain remains durable and grows ever stronger. Selamat Hari Kebangsaan Malaysia!” the Facebook posting by the British High Commission read.
Meanwhile, Sultan of Brunei Darussalam, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, also sent his congratulatory message to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Tuanku Abdul Halim.
Sultan Hassanal is grateful that Malaysia-Brunei relations had grown positively over the years to the benefit and prosperity of the people of both countries.
From Doha, the Prime Minister and Interior Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Abdullah Nasser Khalifa Al-Thani, congratulated the King on the occasion of Malaysia’s 57th Merdeka celebration.
The National Day was also observed in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, by the Vietnam–Malaysia Friendship Association.
The association’s chairperson Nguyen Thi Tuyet Nhung said Malaysia was Vietnam’s ninth largest trade partner, with an ever increasing bilateral trade amounting to US$9.1 billion (RM29.12 billion) last year.
Vietnam will be celebrating its 69th National Day on September 2.
On home ground, AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes who recently returned to Twitter after a short hiatus, wrote, “Happy Merdeka to all Malaysians. Freedom is not just independence. Here’s to a brave new Malaysia.”
Singer Yuna, who is building her career in the United States tweeted, “Happy Merdeka Day Malaysia! To me Merdeka means being united with all your peers, have a wonderful Merdeka everyone!”
Another homegrown singer from Sarawak currently based in Los Angeles, California, Zee Avi, tweeted about how she missed Malaysia.
“Salam #Merdeka, to my motherland! I miss you!” she wrote earlier today.
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