Bunga Raya - Our National Flower
In celebrating our Merdeka Day (Independence Day) today, here are some photos of our National Flower - Bunga Raya (Hibiscus).
There are many varieties of hibiscus and Malaysia's National Flower is Hibiscus rosa-sinensis (family Malvaceae) which we locally call the Bunga Raya. The flower was chosen as our National flower in 1960 by by Malaysia's first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman. Symbolically, the five petals of the bunga raya represent the Rukunegara (Five Principles of Nationhood) while the red colour represents courage.