When the clock strikes 12 tonight, my country, Malaysia (minus the states of Sabah and Sarawak) marks 50 years of Independence. First colonised by the Portuguese who brought Christianity to these lands and missionaries such as St. Francis Xavier, the Malay states have been subsequently under the subjugation of various foreign powers such as the Dutch and the Thais in the North before finally coming under British sovereignty.
The Flag of the Crown Colony of Penang
Sabah (British North Borneo) and Sarawak (together with Singapore which was expelled on the 9th of August 1965) were granted independence from the British and merged the Federation of Malaya to form Malaysia on the 16th of September 1963.
Much water has passed under the bridge since then and the country has come a long way. It sought and won independence from Great Britain without violence and bloodshed, successfully defeated a Communist insurrection militarily, merged with Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore, expelled Singapore and much more. Many Malaysians are affluent and skyscrapers, malls and the hallmarks of development dot the landscape of the major cities.
In proclaiming Malaya independent on Aug 31, 1957, Tunku declared it “shall be forever a sovereign democratic and independent State founded upon the principles of liberty and justice and ever seeking the welfare and happiness of the people and the maintenance of a just peace among all nations”.
But through all this, Almighty God has continued to shower His abundant blessings on this, our land and our home. As we move together towards the future, let us pray for God’s continued guidance and protection for all who call this land home.
God bless Malaysia.