Malaya's Paramount ruler, His Majesty Tuanku Abdul Rahman with his wife celebrates his first official birthday after assuming office.
Malaya's Paramount ruler, His Majesty Tuanku Abdul Rahman with his wife celebrates his first official birthday after assuming office. British High Commissioner, Sir Geofroy Tory, offered their Majesties the good wishes of the diplomatic corps, consular representatives and United Nations Specialised agencies. The High Commissioner said the manner in which Malaya handled her affairs had won the respect and admiration of freedom loving peoples.
The Paramount Ruler, in his reply, thanked everybody for their good wishes and stressed the importance of racial harmony in a multi racial country like Malaya. This was in the same hall that His Majesty Tuanku Abdul Rahman was installed as Paramount Ruler last year. Before the ceremony ended, all Malayan leaders had pledged their loyalty and paid their respects to their ruler. Another part of the birthday celebrations was the trooping the Colour by the Royal Malay Regiment. It was the first time in Malay's history that such a ceremony was undertaken wholly by Malaya's own defence force. Most of the troops taking part were hardened jungle fighters. Leading the parade were the 1st and 2nd battalions of the Malay Regiment, which won battle honours for their gallant stand during the Japanese invasion of Malaya and Singapore.
The battalion's Colour was presented in 1949 by the then High Commissioner for Malaya, the Late Sir Henry Gurney. It bears the battle honours of "Singapore Island" and "Malaya 1941-1942." The Paramount Ruler's birthday celebrated by an ancient western military custom in the newly independent Malaya of today.