Hari Merdeka (Malaysian for ‘Independence Day’), also known as Hari Kebangsaan (National day), refers to the day when the Federation of Malaya’s independence from the British Empire was officially declared. At exactly 09:30 on 31 August 1957, the declaration was read by the first Chief Minister of Malaya, Tunku Abdul Rahman at the Merdeka Stadium in the presence of thousands of people including Malay Rulers, members of the federal government, and foreign dignitaries.
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Ah yes, well, believe it or not, I’m not so unlike-able that I don’t have…what you could call friends.
China: Ha, he thinks he can tell me what to do…but I don’t want him to turn his back on me because he trades so much with me. He just wants South and I to stop fighting because it would make his life easier. Easy for him to say. It’s not his existence at stake…
Russia: I probably wouldn’t still be here without him. He showed me how to stay strong when your enemy is stronger, and he helped me get better technology to even the playing field. Nowadays he pretends to not be friends with me because he doesn’t want America to notice. I don’t care if America notices.
Cuba: We’ve always been good friends because we agree on a lot of things, especially socialism being great and America being the worst. I learned Spanish just for him. He also boycotted the last Seoul Olympics with me. That’s true friendship.
Vietnam: She ended up going through almost the same thing I did with the north-south ideology war. I flew MiG’s for her because it felt sort of personal…like I could redeem myself that way.
Malaysia: We were cooperating well on tourism and trade for a while, but we had a fight because my leader’s half-brother was assassinated in her country and she wouldn’t give him back. Now we’re not talking, so actually she shouldn’t be on this chart…
Singapore: He doesn’t judge me like other nations do, but he doesn’t judge anyone as long as they’ll do business with him. Whatever. He buys my stuff and that’s more than can be said for most countries.
Syria: We’ve been friends ever since he’s been fighting with Israel (just another puppet of America, by the way). I also showed him how to make a nuclear reactor to power his cities, but Israel destroyed it because no one can have anything nice these days. Anyway, he’s been having some troubles with a civil war lately, and I’ve been trying to help him, but he can’t seem to decide if he wants help from me or not.
Pakistan: He wanted to get a leg-up on India and knew I wouldn’t judge him for it, so we started toying with rockets together. Since that went so well, we’ve been having more cultural exchanges lately. Some of my students study abroad there.
Iran: Ah yes, Iran and I bond over many things. Like Pakistan and I, we bond over science, but she’s more into nuclear physics… And, well, after you get labelled a “rogue state” by America, no one wants to be your friend, so we stick together.