1. 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)

  2. Malaya, 1949 proposal

    Given how much the Malaysian flag looks like the American flag, it might surprise you to learn that its red, white and blue colour scheme was actually chosen before its American-style layout. The colours were selected because they were the most common ones in the individual sultanates (yellow was fourth). One popular element from the proposals that didn’t make it onto the final flag was a pair of crossed kris daggers.

    (Incidentally Wikipedia seems to suggest that the Malaysian flag is based on the East India Company flag, but comments from people involved with the creation and selection of the Malayan flag make it clear that it was based on the Stars and Stripes.)

  3. Perak, former naval jack

    The State of Perak used to have a really cool looking naval jack. Presumably it was abandoned some time in the late 1940s, when the sultanate was incorporated into the Malayan Union and the Malayan Naval Force was reactivated.

    Perak’s honourific title, by the way, is Darul Ridzuan, or “Abode of Grace”. I wish we did this here in Canada for the provinces. Saskatchewan could be the Abode of Potash.

  4. Perak, since 1879 (top)
    Raja Muda of Perak (middle)
    Raja Di-Hilir of Perak (bottom)

    The Sultan of Perak passed away on Wednesday and his son Raja Nazrin Shah was proclaimed his successor the next day.

    The Perak flag has three stripes: white for the Sultan, yellow for the Crown Prince (“Raja Muda”), and black for the second in line to the throne (“Raja Di-Hilir”). The Raja Muda and Raja Di-Hilir have royal standards with their colour in the background and the two other colours in the canton.

  5. Perlis, since 1870

    Perlis itself has a more straightforward yellow and blue bicolour. The yellow stripe stands for the monarchy, as it does on many Southeast Asian flags, while the blue stands for the people. It may look like a Ukrainian knock-off but it actually predates that flag by a good half a century.

  6. Raja Perempuan of Perlis

    All the Malay states have honourific titles. For example, the official full name of Perls is Negeri Perlis Indera Kayangan, which more or less translates to “State of Perlis, Land of Dreams”. The Queen of Perlis has a particularly dreamy flag in the state blue and yellow colours.

  7. Malaysian Chinese Association, since 1963

    The flag of the MCA is basically just the Malaysian flag, minus anything that could be considered a symbol of Islam (the crescent) or the Malay nationality (the colours red and white). So… yeah. Basically just a fourteen-pointed star on a blue field. 

    (designer: Mok Yuen)

  8. Sabah, 1963-1981

    In the 1981 state election, the United Sabah National Organization was utterly crushed. They had already been in opposition since 1976, but this time they were reduced to a mere three seats out of 48. (The winning party had 44.) The new government stripped the state flag of USNO colours, replacing it with one that looked a lot like the Czechoslovakian flag. In 1988 the old pattern was restored, but the yellow stripe was removed and the green and brown colours were replaced with a second and third shade of blue.

  9. creativesquirts:

    malaysian state flag map.

  10. Federal Territory, since 2006

    February 1 is Federal Territory Day in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, and Labuan have all had their own flags for a while, but a single flag was adopted for the Federal Territory as a whole in 2006.

    The yellow stripe represents respect, sovereignty and honour; the red stripe represents strength; and the blue stripe represents unity, sincerity and harmony. The association of yellow with sovereignty is common in Southeast Asia, and can be seen on the flag of Brunei and the Presidential standard of Indonesia. The three suns beneath the Malaysian coat of arms represent the three parts of the territory.

  11. (Source: drapeaux)

  12. Setiu (?-Present)

    The Malaysian state of Terengganu is divided into seven districts, each of which has a plain-coloured flag with the state flag in the canton. Because that state flag is black and white, the district flags look nice no matter what colour goes into the Canton. Setiu’s flag is brown, which works particularly well.

  13. Malaya (1950-1963)

    September 16 is Malaysia Day, the date when Singapore, Sabah, and Sarawak united with the Federation of Malaya to form the new state of Malaysia. Malaya’s flag was very similar to the current flag of Malaysia, except it had eleven stripes and an eleven-pointed star, representing the 11 states of the federation.

    The fourteenth point and stripe on the current flag were retained even after Singapore became an independent country in 1965. They’re now said to represent the Federal Territories.

  14. Penang (1949-Present)

    The 13.5 km long Penang Bridge was officially opened to traffic on 14 September 1985. The island’s tricolour was adopted as a state flag (alongside a blue state ensign) back when the island was still a British colony. The ensign fell out of use when the Federation of Malaya gained its independence in 1957.

  15. azreenomar:

    #vscocam #malaysia #flag #igaddict #iphonegraphy (Taken with Instagram)