Flag of Malaysia

Malaysia Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateYes
Country CodesMY, MYS
Official NameMalaysia
CapitalKuala Lumpur
Government TypeFederal parliamentary constitutional monarchy
CurrencyMalaysian Ringgit (MYR)
Calling Code+60
Member OfUnited Nations, Commonwealth of Nations, ASEAN, Non-Aligned Movement
PopulationApproximately 32 million (as of 2023)
Total AreaAround 330,803 square kilometers
Highest PointMount Kinabalu (4,095 meters or 13,435 feet)
Lowest PointIndian Ocean (0 meters or 0 feet)
GDP Per CapitaEstimated $11,414 USD (as of 2023)
Life ExpectancyAbout 76 years (as of 2023)
Internet TLD.my

Malaysian National Anthem

Negaraku (My Country)

My country, my native land
The people living united and progressive
May God bestow blessing and happiness
May our Ruler have a successful reign

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the Malaysian Flag

The flag of Malaysia, known as the “Jalur Gemilang” (Stripes of Glory), was first raised on September 16, 1963. Its design reflects the unity and forward progression of its people and represents the richness of Malaysia’s cultural heritage.

The flag consists of 14 horizontal stripes of red and white, symbolizing the equal status of the 13 member states and the federal territories in the federation. The blue canton bears a crescent and a 14-point star known as the Bintang Persekutuan (Federal Star). The crescent represents Islam, the nation’s official religion, while the star symbolizes the unity among these states.

Over the years, the Malaysian flag has remained largely unchanged, symbolizing the nation’s enduring spirit and unity. The colors of the flag – red, white, blue, and yellow – hold significant meaning: red for strength and bravery, white for honesty and integrity, yellow for royalty, and blue for unity and harmony among the people.

The flag’s adoption coincided with Malaysia’s formation, including Malaya, North Borneo (Sabah), Sarawak, and Singapore (Singapore left the federation in 1965). Its design was inspired by the flag of the United States, symbolizing Malaysia’s aspirations towards unity and democratic principles.

The Jalur Gemilang is not just a national symbol but also a source of pride and identity for Malaysians, representing their rich history, diverse culture, and aspirations for the future.