Malaysia has celebrated the twentieth anniversary of its independence from Britain. The occasion was marked?
Malaysia has celebrated the twentieth anniversary of its independence from Britain. The occasion was marked on Wednesday (August 31) with a massive parade of mor than 15,000 people through the streets of Kuala Lumpur, the capital.
SYNOPSIS: A contingent from the nation's 61,000 armed forces led the parade marking the day in 1957 the country became independent as the Federation of Malaya. It changed its name to Malaysia in 1963, uniting with internally self-ruling Singapore and the former British colonies of Sarawak and Sabah -- formerly North Borneo.
The Federation of Malaya is now a monarchy of 13 federated states, with the king elected every five years from the hereditary rulers of nine of the states. The national day parade, with the large Chinese and Indian communities joining the native Malays, reflects the country's mixed population -- which has suffered bitter inter-racial clashes. In this year's celebration, Prime Minister Datuk Hussein bin Onn told the people they should all regard themselves as Malays -- not members of separate community groups.