• Short Summary

    THE KING, STATE RULERS, GOVERNORS, LEADERS OF THE MALAYSIAN TERRITORIES AND REPRESENTATIVES OF FOREIGN COUNTRIES WERE AMONG 20,000 PEOPLE TO PACK TIERS OF SEAT IN THE FREEDOM STADIUM IN KUALA LUMPUR WHEN THE PROCLAMATION WAS READ BY TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN, THE PRIME MINISTER.

  • Description

    THE KING, STATE RULERS, GOVERNORS, LEADERS OF THE MALAYSIAN TERRITORIES AND REPRESENTATIVES OF FOREIGN COUNTRIES WERE AMONG 20,000 PEOPLE TO PACK TIERS OF SEAT IN THE FREEDOM STADIUM IN KUALA LUMPUR WHEN THE PROCLAMATION WAS READ BY TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN, THE PRIME MINISTER.

    THE ARC LIGHTS BLAZED DOWN ON FULL DRESS UNIFORMS ON THE CLOTH OF GOLD AND SILVER WORN BY ROYALTY, ON RICH-HUED NATIONAL DRESS GLITTERING WITH ORDERS AND DECORATIONS.

    AFTER THE ROYAL INSPECTION OF THE GUARD, A FANFARE HERALDED THE KING'S SPEECH IN WHICH HE THANKED THE ALMIGHTY GOD "THROUGH WHOSE BENEVOLENCE AND MERCY WE CAN TRULY WELCOME MALAYSIA IN PEACE AND HONOUR." LATER, HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS HANDED THE PROCLAMATION TO THE TUNKU.

    FOR THE TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN, AS HE STEPPED TO THE MICROPHONES, THE HISTORIC MOMENT WAS ONE OF DEEP PERSONAL EMOTION AND SIGNIFICANCE; A LITTLE MORE THAN SIX YEARS AGO HE HAD STOOD ON A LITTLE RED-CARPETED DAIS AT THIS EXACT SPOT NEAR THE CENTRE OF THE STADIUM AND PROCLAIMED MALAYA'S INDEPENDENCE.

    A 101-GUN SALUTE ECHOED ACROSS THE CAPITAL TO SIGNAL THE CLOSE OF THE PROCLAMATION CEREMONY, THE FINAL ACT IN THE FORMAL ESTABLISHMENT OF MALAYSIA - "FOREVER AN INDEPENDENT AND SOVEREIGN DEMOCRATIC STATE FOUNDED UPON LIBERTY AND JUSTICE."
    AT NIGHT, THE CAPITAL WAS A FAIRYLAND OF COLOURED LIGHTS. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AFTER THE PROCLAMATION CEREMONY JAMMED THE STREETS TO SEE THE BRIGHTLY-LIT FLOATS AND BUILDINGS.

    MALAYSIA FESTIVITIES THROUGHOUT SINGAPORE CONTINUED TO ATTRACT LARGE ON HOLIDAY FOR THE SECOND DAY. THE SEA CARNIVAL OF GIANT ILLUMINATED DRAGONS AND FLOATS DREW THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TO THE WATERFRONT.

    IN THE RICH OILTOWN OF MIRI, NORTH OF SARAWAK, HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE OF ALL RACES WATCHED A VARIETY SHOW WHILE STRICT SECURITY PRECAUTIONS WERE TAKEN TO THWART POSSIBLE COMMUNIST DISTURBANCES, BUT ALL WAS QUIET.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4ZZMQPARUIWQB939ITHF5P7MX
    Media URN:
    VLVA4ZZMQPARUIWQB939ITHF5P7MX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/09/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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