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Malaysia National Anthem

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The Malaysian National Anthem, an adaptation of the Perak State Anthem, has special links to Sultan Abdullah of Perak who was exiled to the Seychelles by the British colonialists following the assassination of the state’s first British Resident (J.W.W Birch) in 1876. The Anthem was selected by a special committee headed by Malaysia’s first Prime Minister, the late Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra al-Haj. Initially, a world-wide contest was held for the composition of a national anthem for the infant Federation of Malaya, but none of the entries including those from distinguished composers of international standing were found suitable. The final selection, in a ceremony at the Police Depot in Kuala Lumpur on 5 August 1957, favored the Perak State Anthem on account of its traditional flavor and melody. With the formation of Malaysia on September 16, 1963, it was adopted as the National Anthem of Malaysia. On April 4, 1968, the National Language Act which makes any act of disrespect towards the National Anthem a punishable offence was gazetted. The honor of performing the National Anthem is restricted to designated individuals only. During the 1992 National Day celebrations, the National Anthem was given a faster beat to signal the dynamic progress of the nation as it moves towards its homegrown Vision 2020. The Anthem is:

Negaraku, Tanah Tumpahnya Darahku My country, my native land

Rakyat Hidup, Bersatu dan Maju The people living united and progressive

Rahmat Bahagia, Tuhan Kurniakan May God bestow blessing and happiness

Raja Kita, Selamat Bertakhta May our Ruler have a successful reign

Rahmat Bahagia, Tuhan Kurniakan May God bestow blessing and happiness

Raja Kita, Selamat Bertakhta May our Ruler have a successful reign

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