Talk:Flag of Malaysia

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No crescent in US flag[edit]

There is no crescent in the flag of the USA. Please modify relevent sentence in article.

Done. If you disagree with my modifications, feel free to visit my talkpage. Joshua Chiew 08:33, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

Number of stripes[edit]

the 14 stripes and points of the star were originaly designed to include singapore, which was part of the federation upon independence. after the departure of singapore, the number was reduced to 13. however with the announcement of kuala lumpur as a federal territory in 1972, the number reverted back to 14.

The flag didn't change since 1963 - it remains the same flag with 14 stripes and 14-pointed star even after Singapore left the federation in 1965. Joshua Chiew 14:19, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

The Eight Short Stripes[edit]

"Of the stripes, 8 shorter stripes represent the 4 Federated States (Selangor, Pahang, Perak, Negri Sembilan) and the 4 Unfederated States (Johor, Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah) of the Malay Peninsula during British colonialisation."

I never hear somebody saying this or learnt this in school. Besides that, it should have five - not four - Unfederated States (Johor, Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah, Perlis). Joshua Chiew 14:19, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

Jalur Gemilang (translated lyrics)[edit]

I thought I would give Malay-to-English translation a shot. I have tried to stick as closely as possible to the spirit of the song without being too literal while at the same time not digressing too far from the original Malay wording but it still sounds a little clunky to me in English. The lines 'Semangat jaya kami warganya' and 'Amalan murni rakyat Malaysia' were particularly troublesome. Also, I took some liberties with the interpretation of payung in the third line of the first stanza; rendering it as 'umbrella' would have been just plain silly. Finally, I decided to leave the word 'Merdeka' untranslated as it has greater cultural resonance in its original form. Any suggestions for improvement? Sixtybolts 12:09, 4 January 2007 (UTC)

Jalur Gemilang mp3[edit]

The mp3 given is not the Jalur Gemilang song. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Mhching (talkcontribs) 11:34, 15 December 2007 (UTC)

Fimbriation on the Civil Maritime Ensign[edit]

I had thought that fimbriation was present in the civil maritime ensign back when there were an odd number of stripes, in order to distinguish the bottom stripe in the canton from the red of the flag. With 14 stripes, the bottom stripe is white and the fimbriation is no longer needed and (at least from what I have seen) not used. Kirk Hilliard (talk) 05:54, 24 September 2008 (UTC)

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Similarity to US flag[edit]

Why is there no discussion of how similar this flag looks to the US? Was it derived from it, or a common ancestor?

-- —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:20, 17 March 2009 (UTC)

The flag of the United States and the flag of Malaysia are both derived from the British East India Company flag. I remember that this was mentioned in past revisions of the article. Here is a revision (which, incidentally was my edit to revert my previous edit; I remembered it quite well because I got a talk page message) that includes the note at the History section. --Joshua Say "hi" to me!What I've done? 13:39, 17 March 2009 (UTC)

Stripes of Glory[edit]

Whoever keeps changing the meaning to "Stripes of Excellence", please stop. Jalur Gemilang means Stripes of Glory. That's the name. Stop changing it back to "Stripes of Excellence", and saying it is 'against source'. Everyone who knows Malay will attest to Gemilang meaning Glory, not Excellence. If you don't know Malay, don't change it. I've removed the South African website that said it was called "Stripes of Excellence", because it was a stupid source (seriously whoever added it couldn't find a better one??), and added one from the Malaysian Government. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Timothykhoo (talkcontribs) 01:03, 7 September 2011 (UTC)

Origin of the stripes[edit]

I disagree that the red and white stripes were based on British East India Company. The colours red and white are common in Austronesian / Malay cultures, to signify blood and purity. Majapahit flag had 9 red and white stripes. Red and white were also used in the flags of the ancient Malay empire Srivijaya, and the federation of Langkasuka. To this day, you can see red and white on the flags of Indonesia and Singapore, even Madagascar's flag has red and white due to the influence of Merina Kingdom whose ancestors came from the Malay Archipelago.

There's a need to mention the origin of red and white colours as a transcendental influence originating from native Malay Archipelago political entities. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:35, 17 September 2011 (UTC)

  • Also do not see the British East India company flag, but rather an underlying United States flag, just compare the stripes, identical to the USA one.--Pedro (talk) 19:53, 4 March 2013 (UTC)

Royal blue or dark blue[edit]

Hi Fl, I think the blue colour of Malaysian flag should be corrected as seen on Open clip art and this picture. The current colour are seen too far from the version on our country. — иz нίpнόp ʜᴇʟᴘ! 21:48, 25 May 2013 (UTC)

I pasted the above from my talk page. The writer has a point: the darker blue as seen in File:Flag_of_Malaysia.png is visually more familiar than File:Flag_of_Malaysia.svg, but the latter was changed from dark blue back to royal blue in 2011 by Zscout370 (talk · contribs) stating "this is what the government tells us to use". Zscout370 did not specify a source in that edit.
I cannot work out whether is an official website, but it shows dark blue in the canton. World Flag Database also has dark blue. At the time of writing, I cannot retrieve the official sources cited in this Wikipedia article. – Fayenatic London 19:49, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
The discussion about the colors took place at Anyways, my original source for the CMYK colors (from July 2007) come from Page 9 of "Bendera, banner, lambang, lagu kebangsaan dan lagu-lagu kebesaran negeri-negeri di Malaysia" (Jabatan Penerangan Malaysia, 2005, ISBN 983-54-0464-X) and a PDF copy can be found at (If the link doesn't work, I will be happy to provide it via email). The talk page I linked above was very unhappy with the colors, since it was too light of a shade and most flags are dark. I had to use another government source, which I will try and locate again, but cannot seem to find it on my hard drive. I hope this helps. User:Zscout370 (Return Fire) 20:31, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
As for the websites posted, the first one is not official in any way. The World Flag Database is pretty good about having everything accurate on flags, but there are times where I find information that the WFD either doesn't know or hasn't updated yet (and hasn't been since August of 2011). User:Zscout370 (Return Fire) 20:38, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
This is the current version from one of our government website:
as you can see the blue colour also dark. — иz нίpнόp ʜᴇʟᴘ! 06:01, 27 May 2013 (UTC)
At here, you can see also even the 1Malaysia symbol in dark blue. — иz нίpнόp ʜᴇʟᴘ! 06:06, 27 May 2013 (UTC)
Here also, you can see at the paragraph two said:
"Bahagian yang berwarna biru tua" (that means dark blue is use as the official colour of this flag) — иz нίpнόp ʜᴇʟᴘ! 06:10, 27 May 2013 (UTC)
and here, all sources I stated above are from our official government website. — иz нίpнόp ʜᴇʟᴘ! 06:16, 27 May 2013 (UTC)
United Nations website also display Malaysian flag in dark blue. — иz нίpнόp ʜᴇʟᴘ! 13:21, 27 May 2013 (UTC)
I'm satisfied that it should be changed back to a darker blue. Zscout370, as you are an administrator on Commons, please would you do it? It seems from File talk:Flag of Malaysia.svg that the case was previously made to your satisfaction in July 2007. – Fayenatic London 11:47, 28 May 2013 (UTC)

Would this revision be acceptable? --Dschwen 22:53, 28 May 2013 (UTC)

Yes! With a bit correction. :-) — иz нίpнόp ʜᴇʟᴘ! 23:09, 28 May 2013 (UTC)
Hi Dschwen and Ranking Update, sorry for butting in, but I did notice that the fifth stripe is unusually thin, compared to the others. This causes a 'blur' effect when it is down scaled to, let's say 50px or 100px sizes. Furthermore, there is a thin red vertical line on the far right side of the flag, it is not part of the official measurements/designations. Sorry for the trouble Dschwen, but it would be highly appreciated if you could correct these small details. Many thanks ! Aero777 (talk) 23:19, 29 May 2013 (UTC)
I have allowed reuploads of this file for autoconfirmed users. Unfortunately I don't have the time (and skill) to fix the issues myself. --Dschwen 00:27, 30 May 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for lending a helping hand. I'm not any better at digital rendering either LOL, but I'll see what I can do. Cheers. - Aero777 (talk) 02:33, 30 May 2013 (UTC)
I have fixed the errors, but I'm not allowed to upload the revised file. Maybe it's because I'm a new user, and not considered 'autoconfirmed'. Anyway, I have uploaded the revised file to a file sharing website here. It would be much appreciated if an experienced user could upload the revised file to Wiki Commons, as I don't have the permissions necessary to do it myself. Thanks - Aero777 (talk) 04:15, 30 May 2013 (UTC)
I'll take care of it now. User:Zscout370 (Return Fire) 19:15, 30 May 2013 (UTC)
I also have no issues with the color change; this looks very close to the exact flag I have from Malaysia (from Penang from over 10 years ago). I had to clean up the SVG code but also fix the dimensions on the stripes and the crescent and star, but overall I am very happy with the end result. User:Zscout370 (Return Fire) 19:34, 30 May 2013 (UTC)
It looks far more accurate now, great work man, and thanks ! - Aero777 (talk) 13:39, 31 May 2013 (UTC)

Blazon is Wrong[edit]

Currently reads 'In blazon, the Malaysian flag is described as: "A banner Gules, seven bars Argent ...'. That would be a flag with 15 stripes. You want "A banner barry of fourteen Gules and Argent ...". The blazon is different for even and odd numbers of stripes (it's a common confusion). You can read more here or other heraldry sites. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:27, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

Similar flags[edit]

I removed the section "Similar flags" in April with the edit summary "Remove subjective and speculative WP:OR Similar flags". It has today been restored by Plokmijnuhbygvtfcdxeszwaq without explanation. I have tagged the unsourced section with refimprove, but I really think that a section starting with "Perhaps" is far too speculative to remain. If a connection can be sourced between the US flag and the Malaysia flag, it should be mentioned, perhaps in a section with the title "Related flags" or similar. But if no such source is found, it has to go. Speculation has no place in an encyclopedia. --T*U (talk) 09:11, 2 July 2017 (UTC)