Tugu Negara or National Monument is a sculpture that commemorates the 11,000 people who died in Malaysia’s struggle for freedom. Those soldiers lost their lives in combat during Malaysia’s battle for freedom against the Japanese occupation during World War II and the Malayan Emergency during 1948 until 1960.
Tugu Negara serves as a remembrance of the bravery, courage and unity of the fighters who laid down their lives for Malaysia’s independence. It consists of a group of seven bronze soldiers, each of them 4 times bigger than a normal human. Each of the bronze figures symbolizes leadership, suffering, unity, vigilance, strength, courage and sacrifice.
The sculpture, holding the Malaysian national flag, the Jalur Gemilang, is located in a square island surrounded by water and fountains. Every year on July 31, Hari Pahlawan (Heroes Day), the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the Prime Minister and heads of military and the police would pay their respects to the fallen heroes by laying garlands at the monument.
Address: Perdana Botanical Garden, Jalan Parlimen, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur