1 November 1990, KUALA LUMPUR: Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s anti-apartheid leader, was welcomed by the Prime Minister when he made a four-day visit to Malaysia in a 20-day tour of five Asia-Pacific countries. The 72 year old deputy president of the African National Congress was originally scheduled to visit Malaysia on 19 October but his trip was postponed in view of the country’s general election.
23 October 1986, Kuala Lumpur: Twelve police commandos stormed the Pudu Prison clinic and freed two medical volunteers held hostage by six prisoners, ending a six-day standoff. The 15-minute operation was accomplished without a shot being fired. The scuffle inside the clinic lasted only one minute. Director of Internal Security and Public Order, Datuk Zaman Khan Rahim Khan told reporters: “It’s all over… we’ve got a 100 percent success. The hostages are safe and the prisoners captured.”
19 October 1973, Kuala Lumpur: A bomb explosion outside the Lincoln Cultural Centre injured seven city council workers and a passer-by. Police believed the bomb was planted among vegetables in a plastic pail outside the centre minutes before it exploded. Police did not establish a motive immediately but the centre was the target of student demonstrations a few days earlier against US involvement in Arab-Israeli war. Source: Chronicle of Malaysia