Google has featured a “Merdeka-Raya” doodle as a nod towards the dual occasions of Eid al-Fitr and Malaysia’s Independence Day which falls on the 30th and 31st of August respectively this year. The doodle features the “ketupat”, which is a type of packed rice delicacy unique to the region (Southeast Asia), especially in Malaysia, and also the Malaysian national flag, the Jalur Gemilang. I checked both versions of Google and apparently the doodle is featured on both the .com and .com.my versions. This means that the doodle can be seen worldwide and not just in Malaysia alone. I consider this to be Google’s acknowledgement of Malaysia and perhaps signifies the growing importance of the Malaysian online market in Google’s viewpoint.
Having said this, I would like to take the opportunity to wish all Muslim readers a blessed Eid and Selamat Menyambut Hari Kebangsaan to all Malaysians.