As our beloved country celebrates its 60th anniversary of independence this year, we have come up with our definitive guide how to make your Merdeka Day even more special
By Nurul Rustam
As a Malaysian, Merdeka Day is symbolic as every year, we get to show our patriotism and remember the warriors who had sacrificed their lives so that the country will be free from colonialism.
This year’s Merdeka Day is especially special as it marks our 60 years of independence from British rule.
For the younger generations though, 60 years may seem like a distant memory. However, there are ways that you can do to make this year’s Merdeka Day’s celebration even meaningful. Brace yourselves and let your hair down with these five things to do!
#1 Get to know your history at the National Museum
Jabatan Muzium Malaysia
Jalan Damansara, Tasik Perdana, 50566 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +60 3-2267 1111
Opening hours: 9am until 6pm everyday
If you want to learn more about Malaysia’ history, look no further than the National Museum. Rich in our nation’s historical treasures, the museum is always the best place to learn history in most fun and creative ways.
Located at Jalan Damansara, just 38 km away from Semenyih, our National Museum is conveniently served by the newly opened Muzium Negara MRT station. Featuring four galleries, you get to learn about our nation’s history from the pre-historical to post-independence era. There are also outdoor exhibits that you can view. Entry fee is RM2 and RM5 for Malaysians and foreigners respectively. Entry fee for children between 6 to 12-years old as well as students in uniform is RM2 and RM5 for Malaysians and foreigners respectively. Entry fee for senior citizens and disabled is RM3.
#2 Shop till you drop at Merdeka Sales
The best part about Merdeka Sales is this – shopping! In addition, the timing could not have been more perfect as it falls on pay day for most Malaysians! Not only we can celebrate Independence Day in patriotic ways, but we can also enjoy the Merdeka Sales! Ladies, listen up, this is the time to get your hijabster wear or fashionable clothes as boutiques will usually have up to 50 per cent discounts until ‘lelong sampai habis’ (all stocks must clear!) Grab all the crazy deals at your favourite shopping malls!
#3 Show your patriotism at the Merdeka Parade
Jalan Raja, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +60 3-2693 7905
31st of August is all about celebrating the Malaysia’s independence day. What better way to celebrate than being right where the action is at Dataran Merdeka for the Merdeka parade! This event will usually involve various organisations in Malaysia spanning from the government, private sectors, education institutional and many more. Get ready for a visual feast with specially adorned cars as well as performances by the army and the police forces. This year is especially special as it marks our 60th anniversary of independence. In addition, this happens only once in a year in Dataran Merdeka. Not to be missed!
#4 Visit the old palace
Jalan Istana, Istana Negara, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening hours: 9am until 6pm everyday
Tel: +60 3-2267 1000
If you are driving along Jalan Istana, you will definitely see this majestic building on your left side. The Royal Museum is a building of national significance. It first opened its doors on 1 February 2013 and was the official residence of the King and Queen of Malaysia.
Since then, the old palace has been given a new lease of life. It has since been converted into a museum which is opened to the public. If you had ever wondered what it is like to live life befitting of a King or Queen, you can do so now here. The best part of visiting the old palace is that you are allowed to enter the sleeping chamber of the King and Queen. This was once a highly forbidden place where no one could ever enter – not even the palace staff who had worked the palace grounds for years. Entry fee is RM2 and RM10 for Malaysians and foreigners respectively. How cool is that?
#5 Do the Merdeka countdown
This something you have to do before enjoying the Merdeka Parade on the 31st August itself – have your own Merdeka eve celebration with your family and friends! Apart from celebrating Malaysia’s 60th anniversary of independence, you also get to bond with your family and loved ones within your ownhome. Be it having a BBQ or playing some historical quizzes, this will definitely take your Merdeka eve celebration to a whole new level! Who knows, you might probably get to enjoy seeing the fireworks if you live close enough to where all the action is!