The name Malaya was then changed to Malaysia when the country was officially made a federation of 13 states including Sabah and Sarawak. Article 1(1) of the Federal Constitution states that "The federation shall be known, in Malay and English, as Malaysia". Although Singapore broke away and became a nation of its own in 1965, the rest of the states have remained firmly together, combining to make Malaysia the harmonious melting pot of cultures it is today.
As for me, I do buy the flags... as its the symbol of Malaysia's sovereignty anyway. I do put up the jalur gemilang at home & on my car (as Malaysians who love to). But I don't think attending Merdeka concerts or parades will do any good to me. So i will just stay at home, see glimpse of fireworks from outside of my house. I even participate in merdeka celebration by putting fireworks at my house a few years back. It's good enough to take some time to think about the meaning of Merdeka and appreciate life in Malaysia. Things could be alot worse elsewhere.
With all our strengths and weaknesses as a nation, we have gained a lot but we have to catch up lots more. Nevertherless, I'm 100% proud to call myself Malaysian. Happy 52th birthday Malaysia