On the glorious day of 31 August 1957, Allahyarham Tunku Abdul Rahman declared the Independence of Malaya (now known as Malaysia); the word “Merdeka” was proudly pronounced seven times at the Stadium Merdeka, and the nation rejoiced. This significant day was also the beginning of Malayanisation.
In order to materialize the success of Malayanisation, more local engineers and technocrats were needed in this demanding field to replace expatriates in the Board. Hence, in 1951, three local Shift Engineers – Abu Zarim bin Haji Omar, Tengku Daud bin Tengku Besar Burhanuddin and Tengku Yaacob Shah left for training in the British Electrical Authority, United Kingdom. From 1954 to 1957, more Malaysians were sent overseas to acquire professional qualifications relevant to the Board’s needs.
In 1964, the second expatriate General Manager of CEB, J. Sharples retired, and Raja Zainal bin Raja Sulaiman became the first Malaysian appointed to the post.
Soon, The Connaught Bridge Power Station became fully operational and the first phase of the Cameron Highland Hydroelectric Project was close to completion. In Selangor, the precursor of the National Grid was slowly taking shape, and the Bangsar Power Station was connected to the Connaught Bridge Power Station, with the line subsequently extended to Malacca.