KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Malaysia celebrated 51 years of independence Sunday, wracked by economic woes and political uncertainty over fears that a resurgent opposition could topple a government that has ruled since 1957 when British colonial rule ended.
Spectacular fireworks lit the skies at midnight. A colorful parade with dances by Malaysia’s three main ethnic groups — majority Malays and minority Chinese and Indians — passed through the historic Dataran Merdeka, or Independence Square.
“The world … is impressed with Malaysia because not many countries with a multiracial population exist with tolerance, peace and harmony,” Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said in a speech, which also touched on his government’s efforts to fight inflation that has reached a record 8.5 percent.
Abdullah also referred indirectly to the threat by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s plans to topple the government with parliamentary defections.
“A united people is a strong national bulwark against any threat, whether from within or outside the country,” Abdullah said.
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