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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol. 38 No. 22. September 11, 1975

The Bombing of the National Monument

The Bombing of the National Monument

Guerillas bombed Malaysia's National Monument early in the morning of August 26. The National Monument which cost M$ 1.2 million (US$512,800) and designed by American sculptor Felix de Weldon (who was also responsible for the Iwo Jima memorial in Washington), was badly damaged.

Criticism has been levelled at the seven figures created by de Weldon on the grounds that the five soldiers and two terrorists in the group resembled orang puteh (white men) rather than Malaysians, people in Kuala Lumpur have also found the grand heroic posture a little embarrassing.