Kuala Lumpur, the Federal Capital of Malaysia recently celebrated the first anniversary of officially becoming a city.
GV Kuala Lumpur (3 shots)
Gv & CU New road and building work (7 shots)
SV & CU Photography exhibition showing old prominent citizens, old building (4 shots)
SV Models of new development (3 shots)
Gv People gathered to watch dancing and firework display (2 shots)
GV & CU Dancers (2 shots)
GV Firework display (2 shots)
Initials ES. 1655 ES. 1730
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Kuala Lumpur, the Federal Capital of Malaysia recently celebrated the first anniversary of officially becoming a city.
The city, which is being transformed by development, marked the occasion with water and firework displays and variety shows. Exhibitions of old photographs illustrated the growth of what was a trading post with 2,000 population in 1857, to a capital with a population of almost 900,000.
Although Kuala Lumpur has been capital of Malaysia since independence 16 years ago, it only became a city, legally, a year ago.
SYNOPSIS: Kuala Lumpur, possibly one of the fastest growing centres in South-East Asia, is celebrating its first anniversary as a city. Indians, Chinese and Malays celebrated with water displays, variety shows and fireworks.
Today the bulldozers move in to transform the city with new roads and skyscrapers... and prices are rocketing as the developers strive to create a "showpiece city" for South East Asia. Less than two decades ago it was a sleepy town with few buildings teller than the biggest palms. Now city officials are preparing for a population which is expected to soar past the million mark in 1985.
In 1857 Kuala Lumpur was a trading post with only 2,000 inhabitants, very different from today's modern capital. The historic buildings, and the men who built them, are displayed at a photographic exhibition. Kuala Lumpur became capital of the state of Selangor in 1880.
The model homes are planned to make Kuala Lumpur a city free of slums by the end of the decade, and possibly before than.
Happy crowds gathered to commemorate the birthday of their city with the gaiety of beautiful dancers and exploding fireworks.
For one day they could forget about the rising cost of living, and the strains of rapid change -- and enjoy the dance.
Fireworks marked the first anniversary of Kuala Lumpur's city status... although it's been the capital of Malaysia for 16 years.