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The Person who Raised the Malayan Flag in Stadium Merdeka was a Penangite

๐ƒ๐ข๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐ซ๐š๐ข๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Œ๐š๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ๐š๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐š๐  ๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐œ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ข๐ง ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ• ๐ข๐ง Stadium ๐Œ๐ž๐ซ๐๐ž๐ค๐š ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐๐ž๐ง๐š๐ง๐ ๐ข๐ญ๐ž?

๐ป๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘›๐‘Ž๐‘š๐‘’ ๐‘–๐‘  ๐ถโ„Ž๐‘–๐‘’๐‘“ ๐‘ƒ๐‘’๐‘ก๐‘ก๐‘ฆ ๐‘‚๐‘“๐‘“๐‘–๐‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ, ๐ถ๐‘ƒ๐‘‚(๐‘…) ๐‘‚๐‘™๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐ถ๐‘ข๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก ๐‘†๐‘Ž๐‘š๐‘ข๐‘’๐‘™.


When asked about the historic night when he hoisted the Federation of Malaya flag at the Stadium Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur in 1957, Samuel said, "โ€œThe stadium was so packed! I guessed more than 40,000 people thronged the stadium that day.

Samuel (right) hoisting the flag of the Federation of Malaya at the Stadium Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur. Credit: Buletin Mutiara


โ€œSome even climbed trees to witness the historical event,โ€ former Chief Petty Officer Samuel revealed the contrasting ambience on Aug 31, 1957.


Samuel, 84, said Malayaโ€™s first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman read the Proclamation of Independence before chanting โ€˜Merdekaโ€™ seven times with the crowd joining in.


On Aug. 31, 1957, Malaya's first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, shouted "Merdeka!" seven times as a rallying cry at the Merdeka Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. During the event, Samuel was tasked to hoist the flag of the Federation of Malaya.

โ€œI remembered the crowd was cheering as the flag went up. Deep down, I felt extremely happy and excited that our nation had finally gained her independence.


โ€œHowever, I had to compose myself and not to be overwhelmed by emotions. I calmly and proudly raised the flag of the Federation of Malaya,โ€ he said.


Samuel receiving the Pingat Pangkuan Negara from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong at the Istana Negara in 1971.


Samuel receiving the Pingat Pangkuan Negara from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong at the Istana Negara in 1971. Credit: Buletin Mutiara


When asked why he was selected to hoist the flag during the declaration of the nationโ€™s independence, Samuel said he was trained on the proper procedures and had learnt the international codes and protocols for raising flags.


Samuel and his wife Tan Gim Choo speaking to Buletin Mutiara at their home in Chai Leng Park, Prai.


โ€œI also have a good memory and I was tall. Hence, I was asked to raise the flag while the other two officers ensured that the flag did not touch the ground,โ€ he told Buletin Mutiara at his home in Chai Leng Park, Prai.

Source: https://www.buletinmutiara.com/navy-veteran-recollects.../

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