The Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) mace is an endowment from the Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di-Pertuan Agong with the approval of Majlis Raja-Raja Melayu as the symbol of power for the University. The mace is used in certain formal University events and ceremonies such as the Convocation Ceremony and the Appointments of Chancellors and Pro-Chancellors.
The torch is located on top of a mosque which signifies knowledge and a strong faith. The torch as a symbol of education signifies the role of the University as an institution of higher learning in contributing knowledge and expertise for the advancement and development of the people.
The sphere at the end of the mace is a vessel which signifies the world. This shows that UKM is part of the international knowledge community and ready to embrace all facets of knowledge from all sources and then translates the knowledge for the benefit of the local and international communities. On top of the vessels are the emblems of the states in Malaysia, while on the side of the vessel are the emblems of UKM and Malaysia.
Hibiscus and Five Krises
The vessel which symbolises the world is placed on a hibiscus and supported by five krises, the Malay dagger. The flower is the national flower of Malaysia while the kris reflects the national heritage and traditions. The five krises symbolises the five pillars of Rukun Negara.
In between the hibiscus and the vessel, there is a carved palm frond (Borassus flabellifer or palmyra), which symbolises literature.
Along the stem of the mace, there are carvings of various motifs which signify the philosophy of the University and the faculties within. It symbolises the University’s objective to produce dynamic and rounded graduates who are pragmatic and creative and able to contribute towards the advancement of society and the country. In the middle of the stem, paddy grains motifs are artistically fashioned, reflecting the country’s prosperity with rice as the staple food.
At the end of the mace is a spinning top with an axis. The five portions of the spinning top represents the five economic sectors of the country; industry, mining, transportation, agriculture and fishery. On the crown of the spinning top, there are carved images of the country’s produce.