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To Do List - February 1957

So much to do, so little time!

We've secured our independence date: August 31st, 1957.

So, in addition to all the "regular" political and constitutional stuff, I need to make sure these other things don't slip through the cracks:

  • Desperately need to create the pomp & ceremony to be used when "installing" our "Paramount Ruler" on that day: sure, the choice of person will be made by the group of Rulers/Sultans, but once the choice has been made, what then? They will be expecting some sort of ceremony, something even more ceremonious than what they are accustomed to in their own home state.

  • Related: will need to commission some Regalia to be used in the ceremony. The betel box is a must. Ditto for a keris or two. Maybe some ceremonial spears? War clubs? Will need to find an excellent silver/goldsmith for this job.

  • And music. The nobat is the traditional music in Malay palaces. Will have to see if any survived abuse by the Portugiese, Dutch, Japanese, British...

  • Tomorrow I must remember to call for a contest or something - we need our own National Anthem. We will proudly sing something of our own: no more God Save the Queen for Malaya!

There's got to be a lot more that I'm forgetting right now.

Nvm, that'll do for now.

Planning a nation’s independence is hard work!

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  1. Yeah, I'm not at all familiar with Malaysia or its history. I love the writing, though. Very good.


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