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