The opening of Merdeka Stadium, the venue for the country's Independence Proclamation ceremony on 31 August 1957, was officiated by the Chief Minister of the Federation of Malaya, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra on 30 August 1957. The construction of the stadium, designed by S.E. Jewkes from the Headquarters Engineering Branch, Federal Public Works Department, was completed on 21 August 1957. The Stadium's foundation stone was placed by the late Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra on 15 February 1957. The construction of the RM 2.3 million stadium was expedited and took only six months to make way for the celebration of Independence on 31 August 1957.The opening ceremony of the Merdeka Stadium was graced enlivened with field performances by 1000 school children, accompanied by the Royal Malay Regiment band.
|The official opening of Merdeka Stadium on 30 August 1957 by Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra.|