|1. Clock Tower of Sultan Abdul Samad Building|
“Twin Hibiscus for Malaysia Day 2011", a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ http://www.mynicegarden.com/ on Sept 16th, 2011.
|2. Bunga Raya|
|3. Bunga Raya 2-in-1|
Can you see 2 flowers here?
|4. Bunga Raya twins|
The flowers are joined at the base like a pair of Siamese twins.
2-in-1 flowers for 2-in-1 celebrations!
|5. Sunbird on my hibiscus|
|6. A group of soldiers walking past the stage during the rehersal|
It is an icon of our colonial past and the seat of the government of Malaya when Kuala Lumpur first became the capital of the Federated Malay States in 1895. It now houses the Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture of Malaysia. The superior courts used to be here but these have since been relocated elsewhere*.
Even in the those days, sustainable green architecture had been incorporated into the building struture which was designed to suit our climate. Some examples are the thick walls, high ceiling and cross ventilation.**
This place is a famous landmark and major tourist attraction. It was the site of a 1992 Hong Kong movie, "Police Story 3" staring Jackie Chan and former Bond girl Michelle Yeoh.
|7. School students and teachers form the bulk of the 10,000 Malaysia Day 2011 parade participants|
Many historical events were (and still are) held here, the most important was the Declaration of Independence by our country's first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman. At the stroke of midnight on August 31st, 1957, the Union Jack was lowered and the national flag of Malaya raised for the very first time at the tune of our national anthem, the Negaraku. This was followed by 7 chants of "Merdeka" by the crowd with Tunku leading the way.*
|8. Youths of today - Malaysia's future is in your hands|
It is good that so many youths are joining in the celebrations. Afterall, the future of our country belongs to them. It is good to instil the spirit of patriotism from a young age. I am sure they will take home many meaningful and happy experiences to share with loved ones in the future. They may not feel it now, but 10-20 years later, it will be a treasure trove of memories to relate to their children, grandchildren and the future generations. I am glad that my son has a hand in creating our history today.
|9. Young faces, happy expressions - a colourful and united Malaysia!|
During the colonial days, cricket was a popular game on this field. The building in front is the Royal Selangor Club. Founded in 1884, it used to be an exclusive "whites-only" club.
We are currently having hazy skies as a result of fires in Sumatra and Borneo. Let's hope today will be nice and clear blue skies.
1) Fertilizer Friday - hosted by Glenda of Tootise Time, and
2) Weekend Flowers #12 - hosted by Tina
3) Today's Flowers # 161 - TF team Santilli - Denise - Pupo - Sandy Carlson