Previously known as "Terang Bulan" or the "Moonlight" which is a popular song in Malaya and Indonesia, it has been banned from being performed since the shoddy bloodbath. There have also been thirteen state anthems in addition to the national anthem.
The national anthem first played and sung in a much more moderate tempo. It, however, taking in consideration the development of the country's socio-economy, changed into a March tempo which is faster and more spirited. The change was made by the government on the National Day celebration in 1992.
The rules on playing the national anthem of Malaysia are described in the National Anthem Act of 1968 , which divides the anthem into three versions - the Full Version or the Royal Version, the Abridged Version comprising of the first eight lines and the last eight lines and the Short Version comprising of the last eight lines.
The National Language Act passed on April 4, 1968 makes any act of disrespect towards the national anthem a punishable offence. The honor of performing the National Anthem is restricted to selected individuals only.
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