KUALA LUMPUR – Crown Prince of Japan, Naruhito began his five days official visit to Malaysia by paying tribute to the fallen heroes of Malaysia.
He bowed and stood in silence after laying a wreath of white flowers at the National Monument of Kuala Lumpur. The monument was built to commemorate the fallen heroes who died in Malaysia’s struggle for freedom against the Japanese occupation during World War II and the Malayan Emergency.
Also present was Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister Department, Datuk Razali Ibrahim, who is the minister-in-attendance.
Built in 1966 at the height of 15.5 metres, the world tallest bronze freestanding sculpture grouping depicts seven soldiers, with two slumped at the base and one holding the Malaysia flag. Each of the bronze figures symbolises leadership, suffering, unity, vigilance, strength, courage and sacrifice.
Naruhito arrives in Malaysia yesterday. This is His first visit to Malaysia since his became the Crown Prince of Japan in 1991.
The visit of the Crown Prince is also the height of the 60th Anniversary Celebration of Malaysia-Japan bilateral relations.
Naruhito, the eldest prince of Emperor Akihito, is scheduled to give a keynote address at the University of Malaya. He will also be visiting the Permata Pintar Centre at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi
He is also scheduled to grace the 60th anniversary of Japan-Malaysia bilateral ties at a leading hotel this evening.