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Merdeka Day

On the night of August 30, 1957, crowds gathered at Merdeka Square in Kuala Lumpur to witness the handover of power from the British. At the stroke of midnight, the Union Jack in the square was lowered with the new flag of Malaysia raised and the national anthem “Negaraku” was played. This was followed by seven chants of “Merdeka” by the crowd in a declaration of freedom.