KUALA LUMPUR – To appreciate the history of the country’s independence, visitors to the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) can obtain a copy of The Sunday Times dated Sept 1, 1957 which recorded the nation’s most important event.
The historic publication specially printed by the New Straits Times Press (NSTP) in conjunction with the Umno General Assembly 2014, will be sold until this Saturday at the NST exhibition area on Level 2, PWTC.
New Straits Times Press (NSTP) Resource Centre manager Ramlan Ramli said the publication aimed to give a hands-on experience to the community, especially youths, by reading the historical event.
“This was an important event for our country, our struggle, and the public can read what actually transpired on Independence Day.
“There are even stories recounting the experience and actual environment of the community when they celebrated independence for the first time,” he told Bernama here today.
Ramlan said the 32-page publication was sold for RM5 per unit. One thousand copies of the newspaper had been printed and so far 500 had been taken up.
He said the newspaper with the front-page headline, ‘THIS IS IT!’, retained the actual character of newspaper publication at that time.
“The paper used for this special publication was paled to accentuate the conventional stamping method to recall the nostalgic era then,” he said.
Carrying the sub-headline, ‘Across a stilled stadium, the magic words of nationhood’, the newspaper’s main news described the atmosphere at the Merdeka Stadium during the proclamation of independence by the first prime minister of the Federation of Malaya, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj.
Also carried on the front page was the Proclamation of Independence.
The news, headlined ‘Sodden Troops Looked Skyward And Asked: Will Rain Stop In Time?’, described the feelings of the military personnel who were preparing for the parade at the Merdeka Stadium as they faced the storm and heavy rain then.
Photographs of the swearing-in ceremony for the members of the first cabinet of the Federation of Malaya government led by Tunku Abdul Rahman appeared on page three of the newspaper.
A visitor to the exhibition, Johari Abdul Rahman, 29, was impressed with the initiative taken by the NSTP which reprinted the historic paper and felt that it could be used as an informative material for the younger generation to appreciate the independence event.
“Of course it is good for the younger generation like me, because we want to read what was being reported by the media on the independence day. What is important is that the newspaper is full of nostalgia and recalls what our previous generations did to fight for independence,” he said when buying the newspaper. – BERNAMA