In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysians celebrated the 21st anniversary of their independence from Britain with a mammoth parade through the streets to symbolise for a national culture to unity the people.
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Background: In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysians celebrated the 21st anniversary of their independence from Britain with a mammoth parade through the streets to symbolise for a national culture to unity the people.
The celebration on Thursday (31 August), led by the Yang Dipertuan Agong (elected King) in his field marshal's uniform, began with a mass parade by school children to the beat of Malay drums.
The theme of the anniversary celebrations "culture, cornerstone of unity" was set by Prime Minister Datuk Hussein Onn, who said that malaysia, after 21 years of independence, should have a national culture containing elements of all the cultures of its various peoples.
The Prime Minister also remind the country's 12.5 million people that they were governed by a federal constitution which was a solemn agreement between representatives of their races, resulting from compromises between them.
In a 90-minutes long procession, women contingents drawn from majority Malay and minority Chinese, Indian and tribal races marched past the King carrying flowers and various ethnic groups in traditional costumes performed folk dances.