Parliamentary democracy returned to Malaysia yesterday (Monday) when the king opened the first session of Parliament for 22 months.
Parliamentary democracy returned to Malaysia yesterday (Monday) when the king opened the first session of Parliament for 22 months. Parliamentary democracy was suspended after bitter clashes between Chinese and Malays in 1969 when over 300 people died.
At the opening session, the king outlined a peace programme to heal racial wounds.
This if our second coverage from an important weekend is Malaysia's history. Our film of the coronation of Malaysia's new monarch -- Production No. 2097/71, MALAYSIA: NEW KING AND QUEEN CROWNED -- was also serviced today.
SYNOPSIS: The Parliament Buildings in Kuala Lumpur, where Malaysia's Parliament was officially opened on Monday by the newly-crowned King....Sultan Halim. The Queen was also present.
Before the ceremony proper began, the King and Queen received a warm welcome and were called upon to inspect a guard of honour.
Monday's ceremony marked a return to Parliamentary rule. It had been suspended after bitter race riots in May 1969, and the country ruled by an emergency National Operations Council...until three months ago.
In opening the Malaysian Parliament, the King introduced a new peace programme aimed at healing racial bitterness.