The Merdeka Award aims to promote thought leadership and innovation, foster a culture of excellence, encourage a world view, thereby enhancing Malaysia's standing as a dynamic, competitive 21st Century Global Player in all key sectors from science and technology to the arts.
As 31st August approaches each year, all Malaysians come together to celebrate 'Merdeka' with the nation's leaders, marking Malaysia's independence. But the essence of 'Merdeka' goes beyond colourful celebrations.
'Merdeka' is about honour, passion, determination and sacrifice. It reminds everyone to reflect on the admirable qualities as portrayed by our 'Pejuang Kemerdekaan' – role models with relentless human spirit.
And that very spirit lives on in the hearts and souls of Malaysians today. These are the outstanding individuals and organisations whose works and achievements have created a positive and significant impact on Malaysia and its people, the new generation of 'Pejuang Kemerdekaan.'