Visit Malaysia

2007 named 'Visit Malaysia Year'

By: J.L. Erickson

The Malaysian government has officially proclaimed 2007 as “Visit Malaysia Year” to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Malaysia’s independence and mark the milestone with 50 major events throughout the year.

Next August with be a key month for festivities, with myriad parades, cultural performances, street shows and carnivals to commemorate the official independence or Merdeka Day on Aug. 31.

It was on that day in 1957 that Malaysia broke from British rule and its first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, led the people in the famous shouts of Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka!

In 2007 celebrations, Merdeka Square in Kuala Lumpur will be the site of festivities on the eve of Merdeka Day and another highlight of the year will be the Citrawarna or Colours and Flavours of Malaysia parade, an annual event showcasing the country’s cultural heritage.

Malaysian officials are still developing plans for festivities and will hold an official launching ceremony with more details on Jan. 1.