It has been revealed that the logo for this year’s 51st Merdeka celebrations was inspired by rugby, most distinctly its scrum.
Forty-eight year old Anuar Dan said he came out with the design based on his observation of the sports.
"In rugby, the players of various races interlocked their shoulders, working out strategies to beat their opponents," he told Utusan Malaysia newspaper.
Anuar took a month to produce 20 designs but eventually submitted five for the competition.
"I’m thankful that one of my designs was selected from more than 800 received by the organizer," said the Health Ministry officer.
(Utusan Malaysia photo)