This story on Malaysia's 50th independence anniversary has been edited, after the original was a bit too Jim Muir.
Revisionista shows the changes :
Revision 1 :
The celebrations come amid concern over rising social tensions in Malaysia. Half a century of stability and development has transformed a poor disjointed nation into an economic success story, the BBC's Asia correspondent, Andrew Harding, says.
But this anniversary has prompted some soul-searching about Malaysia's widening racial and religious divide, he adds.
Islam has taken a more conservative and assertive form, with Sharia courts challenging the country's secular constitution.
The large Indian and Chinese minorities are becoming increasingly angry about a much-abused quota system that restricts their access to education and jobs.
With elections coming and political parties polarised along ethnic lines, the country is struggling to cling on to its image as Asia's tolerant melting pot, our correspondent adds.
The BBC's Asia correspondent, Andrew Harding, says Malaysia has changed dramatically since 1957.
Political stability and years of ambitious development have transformed the economy.
There are concerns that Malaysia's authoritarian brand of democracy is being challenged by an increasingly conservative form of Islam, with Sharia courts overriding the country's secular constitution, he says.
But the general mood in Malaysia seems to be one of optimism as this nation reflects on half-a-century of upheavals and progress, our correspondent adds.
Now it's quite likely that Andrew Harding said both those things. It's all in the presentation. I wonder who took the decision to 'accentuate the positive' and why ?
(via Biased BBC)
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