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Hari Merdeka (Independence Day) is a national day of Malaysia commemorating the independence of the Federation of Malaya fromBritish colonial rule in 1957, celebrated on August 31 each year. It is not to be confused with the formation of Malaysia. August 31 of 1957 is designated to the establishment of the Federation of Malaya for the formation of Malay States, Settlements of Penang and Malacca which does not include the states of Sabah and Sarawak. (source: Wikipedia)