After receiving true independence in year 1957, the nation is in dire need of a national flower in order to symbolize her identity. In 1958, the Ministry of Agriculture sought few proposals for a national flower especially from all state governments. Seven flowers were being proposed. Those among being under consideration were the rose, ylang ylang, jasmine, lotus, hibiscus, frangipani and bunga tanjung.
The people right there in the east coast states of the country much preferred the rose, while those residing in the west coast were partial towards the jasmine. In 1960, after a very careful consideration, the ministry finally selected the hibiscus rosa sinensis.
One reason that it has upstaged the other flowers was its eye-catching, symbolic bigger-sized red petals. Another reason was given that it usually blooms throughout the year and the plant requires very little maintenance. Hibiscus is also can commonly be found in the rural areas where the plant functions as border fencing for houses.
Since then, the hibiscus has been the inspiration for the logos used for several events, among them such as the Kuala Lumpur 98 XVI Commonwealth Games and Visit Malaysia Year 2007. It is also the official logo for Tourism Malaysia.