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The Merdeka Statement (pdf)

Malaysia's golden anniversary soured by widening ethnic divide

The Associated Press, August 29, 2007
International Herald Tribune

"We see Malaysia being divided into religious and ethnic ghettos," said Farish Noor, a Malaysian political analyst based in Berlin. "That's why I find it so difficult to celebrate the 50th anniversary of independence because I see so few 'Malaysians.' ... Everyone speaks of his own tribe." (.......more)
The Merdeka Statement (pdf)
Malaysia 50 years of Independence
“Independence at mid-night but never saw the sun rise” a Tamil poet said.

Tall buildings, narrow minds
Aug 30th 2007
From The Economist

Race clouds Malaysian birthday festivities
August 31 2007,
By Vijay Joshi

Asia's melting pot marks 50 years
By Jonathan Kent
BBC News, Thursday, 30 August 2007

Malaysia at 50: So far, so good

By Philip Bowring
Published: August 28, 2007
International Herald Tribune
Racial Divisions Sharper After 50 Years
By Baradan Kuppusamy

Kuala Lumpur, Aug 6 (IPS) - Malaysia celebrates, this August, 50 years of independence under the slogan ‘one legacy, one destiny,’ reiterated through posters in public places depicting representatives of various races happily holding hands and walking into the sunset. (......more)

Malaysia’s First 50

Mat Salleh , Asia Sentinel  
30 August 2007

Many of the seeds of Malaysia’s problems were sown when the country was bequeathed its freedom by the British after 148 years of colonial life. (......more)

Fifty years on, race, religion still haunt Malaysia
Tue Aug 28, 2007

By Jalil Hamid

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A six-minute rap video on YouTube that mocked Malaysia's national anthem and enraged its majority ethnic Malay community has reopened old racial wounds as the country prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary. (....more)
Malaysia's mid-life crisis
By Ioannis Gatsiounis , Asia Times, Jul 28, 2007

KUALA LUMPUR - In preparation for Malaysia's golden anniversary next month, banners have been hung on the streets around the Petronas Towers in downtown Kuala Lumpur showing Malay, Indian and Chinese children blissfully bicycling and running through a village at dusk. The sign reads: "One legacy. One destiny." (....more)
Cracks show in Malaysia unity
By Julia Yeow, dpa Bangkok Post
(NOTE: Malaysia independence Day is Friday, Aug 31)

Kuala Lumpur (dpa) - As festivities start building up in conjunction with Malaysia's planned celebrations of its 50th year of independence, a growing insecurity and sense of uncertainty among its minority races seems to be looming over the outward show of revelry.
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