Malaysia has achieved a new milestone in modern history this year, and this achievement definitely deserves a significant celebration. It is said that this year’s National Day will be historical one as Merdeka will be celebrated for the first time under the new Pakatan Harapan government. Let’s review on a few things we need to know about Merdeka celebration this year:
1. New Government, New Venue
Say goodbye to Dataran Merdeka because this year, the Merdeka celebration kick-start at Padang Kota Lama in Penang, with the main event to take place at Putrajaya on 31st August.
2. Meaningful Theme
The chosen theme for Merdeka celebration this year is “Sayangi Malaysiaku” which means “Love Our Malaysia”. This is to celebrate Merdeka to hail the new government led by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. According to Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo, this new government of the people’s choice will ensure the pattern of a new glory to be enjoyed by all the people from now into the future.
3. Creative Logo
The logo for this year’s Merdeka celebration is designed by Nik Zulkifli Nik Hitam. The logo symbolizes unity at the same direction by citizens raising up their hands. It also represents how a multinational country can live in peace, can be united, and show love and appreciation towards the country.
4. Semangat Theme Song & Interesting Line-ups
Our theme song for Merdeka celebration this year is by Bunkface and it is named as “Kita Punya Malaysia”. It is encouraged by our Prime Minister that fellow citizens can sing along this theme song during the celebration of Merdeka. The “Sayangi Malaysiaku” themed celebration is set to be a carnival-like atmosphere with Malaysians coming out to show their love, kindness and compassion to their country and countrymen, and not so much of the display of military assets as in the past.
5. A Whole New Level Of Patriotisme
Malaysians are encouraged to show their patriotic spirit by flying the “Jalur Gemilang” at home, car or anywhere that is observable. The new government has brought us together, and we believe this year’s Merdeka celebration will be a memorable one.