The first flag of Malaysia was flown on May 26th 1950 at a flag-rasing ceremony held by the British High Commission. But however this is not the exact flag what we see now for only in 1963 the final flag was got with the formation of Malaysia when Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore joined the federation.
The flag of Malaysia is known as the Jalur Gemilang which means Stripes of Glory and was decided in a meeting by the Council of Rulers. Thus in the year 2001, to mark the country's 44th year of independence this flag namely the Jalur Gemilang was hosted by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohammad. The flag was designed based on the US flag which consists of 14 alternating red and white stripes of equal width represents the countries status in the federation of the 13 member states and the federal government on the fly side. There is a blue canton on the hoist side accommodating a yellow crescent and a 14 pointed yellow star which signifies the unity and are the traditional symbols of Islam. This star is known as the Bintang Persekutuan or Federal Star. The blue canton denotes the peace enjoyed by the people and the yellow the royal colour is to extend the respect to the Malay sultans. The straight horizontal or the jalur lines signify the perseverance of the people to reach the goal of excellence.Gemilang (glory) means light and brilliance.
There is a single crescent in a blue canton at the top left corner. Astrologically the Moon is large enough for its gravity to affect the Earth, stabilizing its orbit and producing the regular ebb and flow of the tides. The Moon is familiar to us for its different phases, waxing and waning in appearance in an unchanging cycle. It is also associated with the mother, maternal instincts or the urge to nurture, the home, the need for security, and the past, especially early experiences and childhood. The moon has been used as the symbol of Elixir and is believed to give eternal life. Every religious ritual is done according to the waxing and waning of the moon. The moon even reflects the peaceful and friendly attitude of the Malaysians. Astrology says that the star is also connected with the symbol of good sheperd.Star is a symbol of light meaning bright future. By associating ourselves with the Star symbol, we are thinking of ourselves at the simplest, finest, level. As the demonstration of our loving nature, even just a smile to a passer-by, can brighten other people's lives - can totally alter the course of a day for them - so letting the Starlight shine from our hearts has a way of touching them inwardly and that's the nature of the people. The star is generally said to symbolize all our hopes and aspirations. It means balance between the gifts of life and our gift to life. The 14 points of the star also signifies the unity of the people.
Red is active, daring, passionate, and optimistic. It enhances alertness and encourages activity. Red is held to be the most intense colour, the furthest from both black and white, and it is noteworthy that those languages which only have words for three basic colours always select black, white, and red. The red colour according to astrology signifies passion, warmth, vigor, strength and vitality which are also the nature of the Malaysians. Red being related to fire and blood it is considered to be symbol of heat. It is even believed that red is the first color used by human beings. Blue is idealistic, rational, honest, and tranquil. The dark blue colour is also considered more sociable. The colour blue and its importance was derived from the skin colour of Lord Krishna, who is revered as the divine flute player. The special energy of the second Moon was considered 'blue' or divine by Indian religious scholars and priests. Blue symbolizes knowledge, wisdom, honesty, tranquility, and peace.
Blue is a symbol of cold for it is related to sky and deep sea. The white colour is precise, critical, and sincere and in the Malaysian flag it is used as the symbol of purity. Yellow colour of the star and the crescent signifies the intellectual and communicative nature of people of Malaysia. It is used to produce detachment and reduce depression. Yellow is considered as the most positive of colours and the closest to pure light. It also symbolizes the Sun. For years yellow ribbons were worn as a sign of hope as women waited from their men to come marching home from war. Today, they are still used to welcome home loved ones and denotes active, daring, passionate, and optimistic. It enhances alertness and encourages activity. Yellow is the color of the Buddha and His followers. Yellow people make good leaders as they are methodical in their thinking and decisive. They analyze before acting.
Numerology is any of many systems, traditions or beliefs in a mystical or esoteric relationship between numbers and physical objects or living things. According to numerologists, each number possesses a certain power that exists in the occult connection between the relations of things and the principles in nature which they express. The star and the crescent 1 in number according to numerology signifies the leadership skills, goal-oriented, strong will power,courageous,unconventional,inventive and creative skills of the Malaysians. The Fourteen numbers has also been called the number of experience. The numerology for the country name Malaysia is 9 which signify the people as compassionate, selfless, generous, idealist, spiritual healer and vision minded.