Author: ANDREW BARBER
Few people are more finely attuned to the possibilities of symbolism than the Malaysians. It was no mere coincidence, therefore, that Malaysia's first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, chose to announce the date of national independence from Malacca's civic hall. In the early sixteenth century it was malacca that had first attracted the colonial Portuguese to Malaya, drawn by the lure of East Indies' spice trade. It was therefore only place from which to announce that the sun was finally to set on colonial era.
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