According to Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo, the Malaysia National Day 2018 logo aims to portray Malaysians of different races living in diversity, harmony and unity, with a strong affection for the nation, Bernama reported. The logo features three individuals lifting their hands and the shape of a heart uniting them, revolving around the theme "Sayangi Malaysiaku" (Love My Malaysia),
The logo was selected out of 632 entries received by the Communications and Multimedia Ministry, which invited citizens in June this year to create a logo that will be used for the 2018 National Day and Malaysia Day celebrations.
Meanwhile, the minister also unveiled the National Day 2018 theme song "Kita Punya Malaysia", which according to him has a catchy and "vibrant pop beat". Sung by Malaysian rock band, Bunkface, this year's theme song portrays Malaysia as belonging to Malaysians, who will need to be united in its diversity. The song also urges Malaysians to have "a high degree of self-esteem" while working together to develop Malaysia.
National Day celebrations will commence at Penang's Padang Kota Lama with the launch of the "National Month" and "Fly the Jalur Gemilang 2018" events by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamed on 4 August. Deo said Penang was chosen as the government wanted the "Fly the Jalur Gemilang" roadshow to begin in the north of Peninsular Malaysia, before moving on to Putrajaya and ending in Sabah for the Malaysia Day 2018 celebrations.
From 3 to 5 August, Penang will witness interesting events such as a fireworks display, Kembara Merdeka Jalur Gemilang roadshow, buskers' performance, Caring Bridge and MyMerdeka exhibitions, food truck carnival, Merdeka Run and FAMA My Best Buy Sale, among others, to encourage citizens to participate in the lead up to the National Day 2018 celebrations.