• Short Summary

    AT THE EARLY HOUR OF 7.30 AM HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE GATHERED AT MERDEKA STADIUM AT THE MALAYAN CAPITAL KUALA LUMPUR TO CELEBRATE THE FOURTH ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE OF MALAYA, ON AUGUST 31.

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    AT THE EARLY HOUR OF 7.30 AM HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE GATHERED AT MERDEKA STADIUM AT THE MALAYAN CAPITAL KUALA LUMPUR TO CELEBRATE THE FOURTH ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE OF MALAYA, ON AUGUST 31.

    THE STADIUM WAS CONSTRUCTED JUST BEFORE THE INDEPENDENCE ON AUG. 31, 1957. MERDEKA MEANS INDEPENDENCE IN MALAY, THE NATIONAL LANGUAGE OF MALAYA.

    THE CROWD WAS MULTIRACIAL, AS THE COUNTRY HAS LARGE COMMUNITIES OF INDIANS AND CHINESE ALONG WITH THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE, THE MALAYS.

    THE PARAMOUNT RULER OF MALAYA, CALLED THE AGONG, MADE A CEREMONIAL REVIEW OF A MASS RALLY IN WHICH NEARLY 24,000 SCHOOL CHILDREN, BOYS SCOUTS, GIRL GUIDES, CADETS OF VARIOUS SCHOOLS AND OTHERS PARTICIPATED.

    PRESENT AT THE RALLY WERE THE DEPUTY PREMIER TUN ABDUL RAZAK AND THE PREMIER TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN.

    THE AGONG ALSO DELIVERED A ROYAL MESSAGE.

    THE CELEBRATIONS IN THE CAPITAL INCLUDED VARIETY SHOWS BY ALL THE COMMUNITIES AT THE LAKE GARDE, OPENING OF AN AGRI-HORTICULTURAL EXHIBITION AND RECEPTIONS.

    OTHER TOWNS AND CAPITALS OF THE ELEVEN CONSTITUENT STATES OF THE FEDERATION OF MALAYA ALSO CELEBRATED THE ANNIVERSARY.

    MALAYA HAS A DEFENCE AGREEMENT WITH BRITAIN UNDER WHICH BRITISH, AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND TROOPS ARE STATIONED IN THE COUNTRY AND WHILE NOT BEING A MEMBER OF SEATO MALAYA IS DECIDEDLY ANTI-COMMUNIST.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEDA2W0X8CI2TXVPOZNT4S6Q9J
    Media URN:
    VLVAEDA2W0X8CI2TXVPOZNT4S6Q9J
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/08/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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