Friday, August 31, 2007

MORE PICS – Merdeka Rebirth – 31 Aug 2007 – An reenactment - thrust outward with great impetus of a Nation into a new World environment

ABOVE: Malaysiakini predawn report, details H E R E, extracts below

PM pledges unity as nation marks 50th birthday

Aug 31, 07 5:29am

Kuala Lumpur's pers lit up with scenes from history last night as Malaysia celebrated 50 years of independence from Britain amid questions about the diverse nation's changing identity. An evening of extravagant light shows and patriotic song and dance ended midnight with the raising of the national flag, while a major set-piece parade today will see fighter jets roar over foreign dignitaries and cheering crowds.

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For Humans, birth is an aggressive action - the thrust outward with great impetus of a self from within a body into a new environment. So is the same with a Nation.

Birth and death contain between them the earthly experience that you perceive as happening within a given period of time, through various seasons, and involving unique perceptions within areas of space-encountered with other human beings, all to one extent or another sharing with you events caused by the intersection of the self and time and space.

ABOVE & BELOW: The same venue as it happened 50 years ago, now known as Datatan Merdeka. The familiar Clocktower

August 31, 2007 01:28 AM
Birth Of A Nation, Re-enacted

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 (Bernama) -- For the 200,000 people around Dataran Merdeka -- and millions more watching TV across the country -- the re-enactment of the birth of the nation at midnight wasn't just a matter of looking back, and also looking forward. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi led the assembled groups and the public in seven rousing shouts of "Merdeka" as the image of the nation's founding father, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, doing the same thing 50 years ago was shown on the facade of the Bukit Aman Royal Malaysia Police headquarters building.In his speech later, Abdullah not only reminded them of why the nation had prospered over the last half century but also counselled them on what it took for them to continue to enjoy being part of a blessed nation. Upon his arrival at the Dataran Merdeka, Abdullah was accorded a welcome similar to that given to the Tunku at the same venue -- then known as the Selangor Club Padang -- in 1957.

Abdullah, who was escorted by 50 classic motorcycle riders made up of youth members of Umno, MCA and MIC -- the partners of Alliance, the predecessor of the Barisan Nasional (BN), was received by Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, who is chairman of the
celebrations committee. The prime minister, in a symbolic gesture, took up the position the Tunku had taken in 1957 -- at the middle of the stage flanked by the leaders of the

Accompanying Abdullah on the stage were Deputy Prime Minister and Umno Deputy President Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, MCA President Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, MIC President Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein and Dr Rais. The eyes of the massive crowd were trained on the clock at the tower of the Sultan Abdul Samad building after the lights at the square were turned off and the crowd roared the countdown to midnight.

At the stroke of midnight,(ABOVE) the lights at the square were turned on and Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin (BELOW) raised the "Jalur Gemilang" Malaysian flag to the strains of the "Negaraku" national anthem, which was followed by rousing shouts of "Merdeka" seven times led by Abdullah.

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ABOVE: The first "ladies" following the Negaraku till the Flag was fully raised (BELOW)

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