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Miniskirts and bowl-cuts were height of fashion when last a US president visited Malaysia

The Nation/ANN | Friday, Apr 25, 2014

Those were the days: A bowl of curry mee for 20 cents, Empat Sekawan sitcom, The Beano and Dandy comic and the Malaya and British Borneo dollar were among the highlights of the 60s when the last presidential visit took place.

PETALING JAYA - When US President Lyndon B. Johnson visited Malaysia in 1966, miniskirts and bowl-cuts were the height of fashion ala the swinging 60s.

The Beatles and Nancy Sinatra ruled the airwaves with hits such as Paperback Writer and These Boots Are Made For Walkin.

The 36th US President was in Malaysia for a quick 21-hour trip from Oct 30-31.

On Saturday, Barack Obama will be the first US President to visit Malaysia in 48 years.

Here's more of what it was like in Malaysia in the 60s:

The Malaya and British Borneo dollar was still used for everyday transactions; Bank Negara issued its first local currency notes in 1967.

You could enjoy a bowl of curry mee for 20 cents at the school canteen and a cold drink was just 5 cents.

You could buy The Beano and Dandy comics for 15 cents each.

Malaysians were struck by Beatlemania, which sparked off the "Pop Yeh Yeh" era on the local music scene.

In 1966, Johnson's packed schedule included a visit to a Felda scheme in Negri Sembilan, which was later named Felda LBJ in his honour. He was also welcomed at Parliament House by then Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman.

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