This year, it goes without saying that Hari Kebangsaan feels extra special for a lot of Malaysians. The aftermath of the 14th General Election in May still lasts till today because, well, we don't have to spell it out for you, do we?
Since that eventful day, the rakyat
has been drawn to anything and everything that speaks of the Malaysian pride more than ever before. We see social movements promoting the notion of being Malaysian, instead of using racial labels.
So, Astro is bringing to life some of the best Malaysian stories for this year's patriotic celebrations once again with 'Malaysiaku'
, honouring the courage and sacrifices of selfless everyday Malaysians who inspire us to be the change we want to see in this country.
From documentaries to short form content, there will be a host of shows available for all Malaysians, regardless of your age, gender, race or background. In case you're not sure what to do during the Merdeka and Malaysia Day break, your choice of entertainment is basically sorted with this upcoming programmes!
#1 Road to Nationhood: Sarawak Reclaimed
Continuing with the documentary series by Ahmad Yazid, Sarawak Reclaimed
is two-part film about the state's journey from the Brooke rule to independence as a state of Malaysia. The story highlights the challenges that former Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman faced when he formed the Federation of Malaysia.
The documentary's focus is also to account the stories of Brooke’s exploits in the island of Borneo and the shaping of modern Sarawak through the changing hands of various colonisers, featuring archive and footage from the past, relived through high production value reenactment.
Premieres: 9 & 16 September, 3.10pm on National Geographic
#2 Road to Nationhood: The Undeclared War
This thought provoking documentary captures the infamous political controversy between Indonesia and Malaysia in the 1960s and the challenges faced by Tunku Abdul Rahman in his quest to form the Federation of Malaysia.
At the time, Indonesian President Sukarno saw the Malaysia idea as a new threat to the region and a form of neo-colonialism by the British. Undeterred by the obstacle, Tunku went on to discuss with Singapore, Brunei, North Borneo and Sarawak to form the largest federation in Southeast Asia.
Unhappy, Indonesia pressured international communities to object Tunku’s actions. However, the British pushed Tunku to materialise the plan and created the federation by 1963.
Premieres: 31 August, 3.10pm on National Geographic
#3 Gemilang 75
Did you know that 1975 was the golden era of Malaysian hockey? The Malaysian World Cup team, represented by players from all races, beat defending champions Holland in the quarter finals in front of the home crowd at Kilat Stadium. Former Prime Minister Tun Razak described the historic victory, which coincidentally took place on his birthday, as his best gift.
This is the story of the country's best ever hockey team, shining bright on the tenacity of the glorious national players.
Premieres: 16 September, 10pm on Astro Prima & Astro Maya HD
#4 Dari Setinggan ke Grand Slam
This inspiring documentary encapsulates the fighting and enduring spirit of Malaysian explorers about the world's youngest and Malaysia's first Grand Slam Explorer, Muhammad Muqharabbin. He demonstrated grit, determination and courage when he conquered seven of the highest peaks in the world, including the north and south poles.
It took Muqharabbin 14 years of mental strength and personal sacrifices, often leaving the family for months to pursue his elusive dream of being one of the best in the world. His story seeks to instill the pride of being Malaysians.
Premieres: 31 August, 8pm on Astro Prima & Astro Maya HD
#5 The Amazing Malaysian Heroes
This four-part programme tells of the virtue kindness displayed among Malaysians during times when the people are most united as one. The short series highlights the actions of everyday Malaysians whose bold and courageous feats will save lives and inspire today's generation to be the Malaysians we want to be.
Premieres: 16 September, 5pm on Astro Prima, Astro Maya HD & Gempak
#6 Merdeka Generasi Y
During the elections, voices of young voters were one of the tsunamis that changed the political landscape. More young Malaysians became politically conscious, attending political rallies and campaigns in large numbers. They wanted their voices to be heard.
This documentary looks at the journey of four young Malaysian leaders who took the plunge into politics to compete against more senior and seasoned politicians. Here is the story of Syed Saddiq, Prabhakaran, Jo-Anna Sue Henley Rampas and Syefura Abdul Rahman.
Premieres: 31 August, 10pm on Astro Prima & Astro Maya HD
#7 Bio Seni Artis Lagenda
This 10-episode programme pays tribute to some of the biggest stars of yesteryear, showcasing historical footage of their performances and insights into their lives which no one has heard about before.
The series features interviews with Malaysia's favourites -- Julie Sudiro, M Daud Kilau, Sarimah, Mustapha Maarof, Aziz Sattar, Jefrydin, Ahmad Merican, Lai Meng, Mariani and V Sarangabani -- as well as with people who were close to them. It doesn't matter whether or not you remember their work and talent, you will learn to appreciate our local artists more from these stories.
Premieres: Beginning 15 August, 8.30pm every Wednesday & Saturday on Astro Prima & Astro Maya HD
One Step Higher
#8 One Step Higher
is a reality show documenting six young ladies as they hike through the highest and most famous peaks in Malaysia, including Mount Kinabalu. The personalities aged between 24 and 30 come from different backgrounds and professions, such as law, medicine, engineering and more. The women were led through the tough terrains by our very own professional guide, the late Raman Nair.
This 13-episode programme highlights the teamwork of these young women as they navigate through beautiful sceneries, unexpected dangers and thrilling adventures towards the top of the world.
Premieres: 15 September, 8pm on Astro Vaanavil
Here's a short peak at what you can expect from the 'Malaysiaku' programmes.
To watch all the shows, the good news is that Astro will be offering a free preview
of all the channels on TV, On Demand and Astro GO
to all customers from 30 August to 17 September
NJOI cusomers can also enjoy the newly-launched entertainment channel, He110 (CH 110)
for free, which offers entertainment in HD for the whole family, such as cartoons, variety, series and movies from Hollywood and Asia.
This is not part of the TV programme, but Paskal
is one movie you must add on your list. A film inspired by true events, it embodies the true meaning of courage and sacrifice by the Royal Malaysian Navy, our unsung heroes whose dangerous missions keep our nation and borders safe.
The film tells the story of Lieutenant Commander Arman Anwar, who is a Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM) Special Force PASKAL Operative. Having lost Arman's father to the same cause, his mother has always been bitter about Arman's choices and predicament.
In one of his dangerous missions, one of his teammate dies and another gets dismissed. Just when Arman decides to request a transfer, he is needed for one last mission that would change his world forever.
Paskal premieres in cinemas nationwide on 27 September. Mark your calendars!
Besides the shows we talked about, Astro talents have also come together to release several music videos and songs that you'll be hearing throughout Hari Kebangsaan this year, including 'Malaysiaku'
by Syamel, Zizi Kirana, Kidd Santhe, Lil J, Ernie Zakri and Ara Johari; 'Suara Malaysia'
by Astro Radio announcers; and '一段路' (Yi Duan Lu - A Lasting Mile)
featuring Astro AEC hosts Jiang Han and Hui Mei.
The music lineup also includes new versions of the iconic 'Tanggal 31'
, a duet by Noh Salleh and Masya Masyitah; 'Saya Anak Malaysia'
by Hazama and Usop; and 'Setia'
featuring Man Bai, Syamel, Ernie Zakri, Ara Johari, Francissca Peter, Nicole Hui, Zainal Abidin and Hael Husaini.
This songs definitely brought us back to our days in school every Merdeka!
There are plenty more shows and great content to celebrate Hari Kebangsaan. So, if you want more information on 'Malaysiaku', visit the official website
. All programmes will also be available on demand via connected PVRs and Astro GO.
Selamat Hari Kebangsaan and enjoy watching!