Merdeka mean independent... On the thirty first of August nineteen fifty seven Malaysia became an independent country, after almost five hundred years of colonial rules. Today it is one of the most successful democratic country in this part of the world. Its multi cultural, multi racial, multi religious and multi language people live in harmony and enjoy a high standard of living. Thanks to the great leaders that lead this country from day one, Malaysia today can stand tall with the rest of the the world as a country that had given its citizen a better standard of live then their forefather had ever dream of... A great 49th Merdeka anniversary to all Malaysian. May we all prosper together and enjoy the good life in this great country of ours.. Malaysia.