Malaysia’s 56th Independence Day!

Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka!

That is the magic word being echoed by Tunku Abdul Rahman on August 31, 1957. Each subsequent year on the same date, Malaysian citizen will gather en masse to celebrate this historic day.

On August 31, 2013 Malaysia have entered into its 56th edition of Independence Day. And yet, the feel of excitement has never been toned down, just like the glory days before.

“Malaysia has its origins in the Malay Kingdoms present in the area which, from the 18th century, became subject to the British Empire. The first British territories were known as the Straits Settlements, whose establishment was followed by the Malay kingdoms becoming British protectorates. The territories on Peninsular Malaysia were first unified as the Malayan Union in 1946. Malaya was restructured as the Federation of Malaya in 1948, and achieved independence on 31 August 1957. Malaya united withSabahSarawak, and Singapore on 16 September 1963, with si being added to give the new country the name Malaysia. Less than two years later in 1965, Singapore was expelled from the federation. Since independence, Malaysia has had one of the best economic records in Asia, with GDP growing an average 6.5% for almost 50 years. The economy has traditionally been fuelled by its natural resources, but is expanding in the sectors of science, tourism, commerce and medical tourism.

The country is multi-ethnic and multi-cultural, which plays a large role in politics. The constitution declares Islam the state religion while protecting freedom of religion. The government system is closely modelled on the Westminster parliamentary system and the legal system is based on English Common Law. The head of state is the King, known as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. He is anelected monarch chosen from the hereditary rulers of the nine Malay states every five years. The head of government is the Prime Minister” . – Source Wikipedia.

This year Malaysian are celebrating its National Merdeka Parade at Kuala Lumpur City Centre which is taken place at Dataran Merdeka. Two of the Zuikoholics members, Suzailan Jai and Razif Hadi were given the opportunity to complete the assignment to capture images of this historical and colorful moment. As for Suzailan Jai it was his first time experiencing Merdeka Parade alive with all the crowd and excitement.

The event started to as early as 7 a.m. where participants of the Merdeka Parade and visitors gathered at the area.

OM-D EM-5 + M.ZD17mm f/1.8
i-enhance (low)
f/2.0 | ISO 200 | 1/250s | SuzailanJai

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OM-D EM-5 + M.ZD17mm f/1.8
i-enhance (low)
f/2.0 | ISO 200 | 1/250s | SuzailanJai

X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm
f/8 | ISO 800 | 1/680s | Razif Hadi

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E-5 + ZD50mm f/2.0
i-enhance (low)
f/2.0 | ISO 200 | 1/1250s | SuzailanJai

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E-5 + ZD50mm f/2.0
i-enhance (low)
f/2.0 | ISO 200 | 1/1160s | SuzailanJai

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E-5 + ZD50mm f/2.0
i-enhance (low)
f/2.0 | ISO 200 | 1/640s | SuzailanJai
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X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm
f/16 | ISO 1250 | 1/120s | Razif Hadi

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E-5 + ZD50mm f/2.0
i-enhance (low)
f/2.0 | ISO 200 | 1/800s | SuzailanJai

All of the marching participant as well as the parade formation performer has taken their place and get ready as the event will start at around 8 o’clock.

E-5 + ZD50mm f/2.0
i-enhance (low)
f/2.0 | ISO 200 | 1/640s | SuzailanJai

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X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm
f/10 | ISO 1250 | 1/420s | Razif Hadi

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E-5 + ZD50mm f/2.0
i-enhance (low)
f/2.2 | ISO 200 | 1/400s | SuzailanJai

X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm

f/8 | ISO 800 | 1/400s | Razif Hadi.

E-5 + ZD50mm f/2.0
i-enhance (low)
f/2.0 | ISO 200 | 1/640s | SuzailanJai

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E-5 + ZD50mm f/2.0
i-enhance (low)
f/2.0 | ISO 200 | 1/500s | SuzailanJai

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E-5 + ZD50mm f/2.0
i-enhance (low)
f/2.0 | ISO 200 | 1/500s | SuzailanJai

At about 8.30 a.m. the parade begins. “Dataran Merdeka” is flooded with performance, colorful presentation, cultural and military performance and marching from various government and private agencies, brass band and many more.

X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm
f/9 | ISO 800 | 1/500s | Razif Hadi

X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm
f/9 | ISO 800 | 1/340s | Razif Hadi

E-5 + ZD50mm f/2.0
i-enhance (low)
f/2.0 | ISO 200 | 1/640s | SuzailanJai

X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm
f/9 | ISO 800 | 1/400s | Razif Hadi

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E-5 + ZD50mm f/2.0
i-enhance (low)
f/2.0 | ISO 200 | 1/800s | SuzailanJai

X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm
f/9| ISO 800 | 1/550s | Razif Hadi

X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm
f/9 | ISO 1000 | 1/400s | Razif Hadi

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E-5 + ZD50mm f/2.0
i-enhance (low)
f/2.0 | ISO 200 | 1/500s | SuzailanJai

X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm
f/9 | ISO 1000 | 1/400s | Razif Hadi

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OM-D EM-5 + M.ZD17mm f/1.8
i-enhance (low)
f/2.0 | ISO 200 | 1/640s | SuzailanJai

X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm
f/14 | ISO 800 | 1/400s | Razif Hadi

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E-5 + ZD50mm f/2.0
i-enhance (low)
f/2.0 | ISO 200 | 1/1000s | SuzailanJai

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E-5 + ZD50mm f/2.0
i-enhance (low)
f/2.2 | ISO 200 | 1/3200s | SuzailanJai

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OM-D EM-5 + M.ZD17mm f/1.8
i-enhance (low)
f/1.8 | ISO 200 | 1/500s | SuzailanJai

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OM-D EM-5 + M.ZD17mm f/1.8
i-enhance (low)
f/2.2 | ISO 200 | 1/250s | SuzailanJai

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E-5 + ZD50mm f/2.0
i-enhance (low)
f/2.2 | ISO 200 | 1/1250s | SuzailanJai

X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm
f/16 | ISO 800 | 1/140s | Razif Hadi

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E-5 + ZD50mm f/2.0
i-enhance (low)
f/2.2 | ISO 200 | 1/800s | SuzailanJai

X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm
f/16 | ISO 800 | 1/170s | Razif Hadi

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E-5 + ZD50mm f/2.0
i-enhance (low)
f/2.0 | ISO 200 | 1/1600s | SuzailanJai

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E-5 + ZD50mm f/2.0
i-enhance (low)
f/2.0 | ISO 200 | 1/3200s | SuzailanJai

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E-5 + ZD50mm f/2.0
i-enhance (low)
f/2.0 | ISO 200 | 1/1000s | SuzailanJai

X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm
f/8 | ISO 1400 | 1/640s | Razif Hadi

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OM-D EM-5 + M.ZD17mm f/1.8
i-enhance (low)
f/1.8 | ISO 200 | 1/2500s | SuzailanJai

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OM-D EM-5 + M.ZD17mm f/1.8
i-enhance (low)
f/1.8 | ISO 200 | 1/1250s | SuzailanJai

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E-5 + ZD50mm f/2.0
i-enhance (low)
f/2.2 | ISO 200 | 1/1600s | SuzailanJai

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E-5 + ZD50mm f/2.0
i-enhance (low)
f/2.0 | ISO 200 | 1/1250s | SuzailanJai

X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm
f/14 | ISO 800 | 1/220s | Razif Hadi

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E-5 + ZD50mm f/2.0
i-enhance (low)
f/2.0 | ISO 200 | 1/1000s | SuzailanJai

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E-5 + ZD50mm f/2.0
i-enhance (low)
f/2.2 | ISO 200 | 1/1600s | SuzailanJai

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E-5 + ZD50mm f/2.0
i-enhance (low)
f/2.2 | ISO 200 | 1/1000s | SuzailanJai

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E-5 + ZD50mm f/2.0
i-enhance (low)
f/2.2 | ISO 200 | 1/1000s | SuzailanJai

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E-5 + ZD50mm f/2.0
i-enhance (low)
f/2.2 | ISO 200 | 1/2500s | SuzailanJai

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E-5 + ZD50mm f/2.0
i-enhance (low)
f/2.2 | ISO 200 | 1/640s | SuzailanJai

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E-5 + ZD50mm f/2.0
i-enhance (low)
f/2.0 | ISO 200 | 1/1250s | SuzailanJai

X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm
f/13 | ISO 1600 | 1/350s | Razif Hadi

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Malaysian of all races, ages and gender joint together to celebrates this remarkable moment.

OM-D EM-5 + M.ZD17mm f/1.8
i-enhance (low)
f/1.8 | ISO 200 | 1/1250s | SuzailanJai

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E-5 + ZD50mm f/2.0
i-enhance (low)
f/2.0 | ISO 200 | 1/8000s | SuzailanJai

X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm
f/14 | ISO 800 | 1/320s | Razif Hadi

X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm
f/10 | ISO 800 | 1/1100s | Razif Hadi

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OM-D EM-5 + M.ZD17mm f/1.8
i-enhance (low)
f/1.8 | ISO 200 | 1/500s | SuzailanJai

X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm
f/13 | ISO 1600 | 1/500s | Razif Hadi

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E-5 + ZD50mm f/2.0
i-enhance (low)
f/2.0 | ISO 200 | 1/640s | SuzailanJai

X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm
f/8 | ISO 1600 | 1/320s | Razif Hadi

X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm
f/13 | ISO 1600 | 1/110s | Razif Hadi

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OM-D EM-5 + M.ZD17mm f/1.8
i-enhance (low)
f/1.8 | ISO 200 | 1/160s | SuzailanJai

X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm
f/8 | ISO 1600 | 1/220s | Razif Hadi

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Happy birthday Malaysia.  May our country live a long life. May it survive  all the ups and downs and carry on in the spirits of 1957, with the Constitution as the sole guiding light.  May all  citizens which constitutes of multi racial live in peace and harmony. Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka!

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