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Saving Yesterday For Tomorrow
  1. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Dear felicia … From the linked database entry:

    The Federation of Malaya was a federation of 11 states, that existed from 1 February 1948 until 16 September 1963. […] The picture shows the Federation of Malaya flag, which was used from 1950-1963.

    The Sultans and others began discussing the design of the new flag in 1947, but no decision was made. After February, 1948 a committee was formed in order to advance the project. People were asked to submit designs and hundreds were submitted.

    The winning design — the first choice recommended by the committee — was a blue flag with a circle of eleven white five-pointed stars, and inside the circle a pair of red kris crossed one upon the other. (Notice the red, white, and blue: the colors of the Union Jack.)

    Second and third choices were also nominated by the committee. The third choice had eleven stripes blue and white, and a yellow crescent and five-pointed star on a red field in the top left corner.

    As you can see, the Sultans did not like any of the recommended designs and had another one fashioned.

    • Ipoh Remembered says:

      Dear ika … If you’re using what I wrote, than I should probably emphasize that it’s incomplete. There is a Wikipedia entry that touches on this subject, entitled “Flag of Malaysia.” It contains some errors (partly because it misconstrues an old Straits Times article), but one good thing it does that I did not do above is to actually name the person most responsible for the design of the flag: a young employee of the Johore Public Works Department named Mohamed Hamzah.

      Mohamed Hamzah died in 1993; he was seventy-five years old. Only in 2005 was his design contribution officially honoured by the government.

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