DAILY PHOTO / FUN FACT: Malaysia’s Flag

Taken December 21, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.

Taken December 21, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.

The Malaysian and U.S. flags have a common ancestor in the East India Company (specifically the British EIC) flag which flew from 1707 to 1801. Hence, their similar design scheme. The Malaysian flag has one more bar, but started off with two fewer than the US flag. (On the US flag the 13 bars represent the original colonies, but in the Malaysian flag they represent the number of states–which has grown.)

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