On the 31 August of every year, Malaysia will commemorate the independence of the Federation of Malaya since 1957 from British colonial rule. This day is the Independence Day a.k.a. Merdeka Day of Malaysia.
Flag of Negeri Serawak "Bumi Kenyalang", State of Sarawak "Land of the Hornbill"
After 13 long years, Sarawak has once again been picked to host the national level Merdeka Day celebrations this year. The 49th National Day celebrations will be held in Kuching. Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu on Tuesday said a special programme had been drawn up for the occasion, the highlight of which would be a parade at Padang Merdeka in the city on August 31. About 6,000 members of various organisations and agencies would participate in the parade which would be witnessed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Fauziah Tengku Abdul Rashid and other dignitaries, he said after chairing a meeting of the organising committee for the event. Jabu said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi would launch Merdeka Eve celebrations on the night of Aug 30 at Tebingan Kuching here where various events would be showcased.