Malaysia, 2012 proposal
A couple of years ago, some demonstrators caused a minor stir on Malaysia’s Independence Day by unfurling their proposal for a new national flag. They called it the Sang Saka Malaya (“Sacred Malaya”) flag and claimed it was the original flag of Malaya before the introduction of the American-inspired Jalur Gemilang (“Stripes of Glory”).
This is in fact something of a revival of an earlier proposal for a national flag created in the 1940s by the Young Malays Union. The party advocated for the creation of a independent republic and the union of Malaysia and Indonesia, hence their use of the Indoneisan red and white bicolour. However, the flag used back then had twelve stars in the canton, not a crescent and star. The version pictured above was only created in 2007. Not exactly “original”.
(designer: Mohd Najwan Halimi)