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Merdeka Square

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Merdeka Square (or, as it is now officially known, Dataran Merdeka) is a breath of fresh air and offers not just the opportunity to lay about in the sunshine but also to observe a bit about the history of Malaysia.

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When the Brits were still running the show, this grassy expanse was referred to as the Padang, or Parade Ground, and while it had an official purpose as a parade ground for official ceremonies, it was also used as a venue for cricket (and other sports). Today there is less cricket—and more local activities and rotating shows and exhibitions.

A challenging pitch for the fast bowlers. Photo taken in or around Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Stuart McDonald.

A challenging pitch for the fast bowlers. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Merdeka Square is the focal point for independence celebrations in Malaysia as, when the British were all out, it was here at midnight 30 August 1957, that the British flag was lowered and the new flag of Malaya was raised, followed by the national anthem and seven chants by onlookers of ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 800 words.)

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