Merdeka 65 years on

Merdeka 65 years on

Celebrate Malaysia’s Independence together with The Vibes Culture & Lifestyle with photos through the years

The lighting towers of the Merdeka Stadium were improvised from Hume monsoon drain pipe sections but with prestressed cables strung across the sections around the pipes’ circumferences. – pic

Pictures taken on August 31, 1957, and provided by the National Archives of Malaysia shows Malaysians celebrating their independence from Britain at Stadium Merdeka

Participants dressed in their corporate colours marching along Merdeka Square during National Day celebrations in Kuala Lumpur on August 31, 1999.

Malaysian armoured vehicles take part in a parade at Kuala Lumpur’s Merdeka Square August 31, 1999

A group of young participants in Malaysia’s 42nd National Day celebrations shouting “Merdeka” or independence, while in their performance attire August 29, 1999 during a rehearsal session in Kuala Lumpur’s Merdeka Square

The historic Sultan Abdul Samad building is adorned with a sign that reads Merdeka (Independence) as Malaysian and component party flags of the leading National Front party are seen in the foreground, late August 30, 2007, at the historic Merdeka Square in downtown Kuala Lumpur in anticipation of Malaysia’s 50th independence anniversary at the stroke of midnight on August 31

Royal Malaysian Air Force Sukhoi SU-30MKM air superiority fighters fly in formation over the historic Merdeka Square as part of Malaysia’s 50th National Day parade in downtown Kuala Lumpur, August 31, 2007

Women in uniform marching steadfast during one of the Merdeka parades in the past.

EVERY year, the nation feasts its eyes on the spectacle that is the Merdeka parade, which is part of the festivities to celebrate our National Day.

Decades have passed since we gained independence but activities to bring the crowd – and nationwide attention – to commemorate the day remain constant.

The only visible change is the generational and administrative presence we see.

As this year’s parade is ongoing at the historic Dataran Merdeka, The Vibes Culture & Lifestyle transports readers back in time to relook the moments of Merdeka preparations and merrymakings over the years…

source – The Vibes

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