Another name for Malaysia.
Malaysia was known as the “Federation of Malaya” from 1957 to 1963, or simply “联邦” (the Federation). Since then, this name has been used by locals till today. In Singapore, this term is more commonly used colloquially. Similarly, Malaysians are called “联邦人” (people of the Federation).
The Federation of Malaya was a member state in the Commonwealth of Nations. It was a multi-racial country composed of more than 30 races, including the three major races, Malay, Chinese and Indian.
The Federation of Malaya was a British colony until the constitutional negotiations of 1957, which saw the country become an independent member of the Commonwealth of Nations.
On 16 September 1963, the Prime Minister of the Federation of Malaya, Tunku Abdul Rahman declared the formation of Malaysia, which comprised of Malaya, Sarawak, Sabah and Singapore.
On 9 August 1965, Singapore separated from Malaysia and declared its independence.
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