MALAYA: A New Nation

Late one night last week the searchlights illuminating the spacious cricket ground of sleepy Kuala Lumpur (pop. 300,000) suddenly went out. Two minutes later, precisely at midnight, the lights flashed on again, and as a crowd of 50,000 voices shouted Merdeka (freedom), the Union Jack slowly fluttered down to be replaced by a red, white and blue flag very like that of the U.S., save that instead of 48 stars it bore the single star and crescent of Islam. After 83 years of British rule, Malaya was an independent nation.

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