The promise & perils of Asia's journey at 60

How its leaders forge cohesion, heal social wounds will be true test of maturity in next 60 years

On Sept 16, Malaysia celebrates its 57th national day, having celebrated on Aug 31 the 63rd anniversary of its independence from Britain in 1957.

What does independence mean for former colonies?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 13, 2020, with the headline 'The promise & perils of Asia's journey at 60'. Print Edition | Subscribe