Ju­bi­lant dis­play of unity

Merdeka spirit, Games vic­tory rev up crowd

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: Win­ning the 29th SEA Games was a spe­cial gift to Malaysians cel­e­brat­ing the eve of Merdeka Day last night.

The dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion was held in full pa­tri­otic spir­its and unity through­out the coun­try, ir­re­spec­tive of race, re­li­gion, back­ground and po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences.

The mood at the Bukit Jalil Na­tional Sta­dium, where the Games were held since Aug 19, turned into a cel­e­bra­tion of pa­tri­o­tism in ush­er­ing in the coun­try’s Na­tional Day.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak, his wife Datin Seri Ros­mah Man­sor and thou­sands of Malaysians cel­e­brated the coun­try’s achieve­ments ahead of the stroke of mid­night.

A video on the Fa­ther of In­de­pen­dence, Tunku Ab­dul Rah­man, was shown be­fore a high­spir­ited speech was de­liv­ered by Na­jib.

At the strike of mid­night, cries of “Merdeka” echoed through­out the sta­dium, be­fore the au­di­ence sang the na­tional an­them.

A con­cert and fire­works pre­sen­ta­tion was also held at the Petronas Twin Tow­ers (KLCC) with thou­sands, in­clud­ing tourists, fill­ing the KLCC Es­planade Park.

Se­lan­gor and Perlis opted to cel­e­brate Merdeka Day last night although it is nor­mally cel­e­brated on the morn­ing of Aug 31.

The cel­e­bra­tion with the theme “Ne­garaku Se­hati Se­jiwa” (My Coun­try, One Heart, One Soul) in both states were no less ex­cit­ing, with thou­sands of peo­ple gath­ered in the spirit of pa­tri­o­tism.

In SE­LAN­GOR, mem­bers of the pub­lic be­gan gath­er­ing at the Shah Alam Dataran Ke­merdekaan from 8pm to wit­ness a colour­ful pa­rade of about 10 con­tin­gents com­pris­ing gov­ern­ment agen­cies, non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions and state sub­sidiary com­pa­nies.

A tra­di­tional dance per­for­mance which com­bined the cul­tures of the var­i­ous races in Malaysia by about 100 school chil­dren was also pre­sented.

Also present at the event were Se­lan­gor Men­tri Be­sar Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Azmin Ali, state exco mem­bers and se­nior state gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

In PERLIS, the pub­lic be­gan fill­ing the Tuanku Syed Pu­tra Sta­dium in Kan­gar as early as 5pm to view an ex­hi­bi­tion of the his­tory of the na­tion be­fore and af­ter in­de­pen­dence by gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and agen­cies as well as non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions.

A pa­rade com­pris­ing 75 con­tin­gents with 5,500 par­tic­i­pants rep­re­sent­ing gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and agen­cies, non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions and po­lit­i­cal par­ties be­gan at 10.30pm.

The Raja Muda of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizud­din Pu­tra Ja­malul­lail was present at the cel­e­bra­tion, which was also at­tended by Men­tri Be­sar Datuk Seri Azlan Man and state dig­ni­taries.

In PERAK, the cel­e­bra­tion at Ipoh City Square was at­tended by the Sul­tan of Perak, Sul­tan Nazrin Shah and Raja Per­maisuri of Perak Tuanku Zara Salim, and was filled with var­i­ous events that in­cluded cul­tural pre­sen­ta­tions, a Tae Kwan Do demon­stra­tion and mu­si­cal per­for­mances.

The event was kicked off ear­lier with the Ipoh Merdeka Ride or­gan­ised by the Ipoh City Coun­cil.

In KE­LAN­TAN, the cel­e­bra­tion was held at the Kuala Krai Malaysian Civil De­fence Agency of­fice with local song per­for­mances, fol­lowed by a lucky draw and “Dikir Ge­gar Merdeka Ne­garaku” con­cert.

This was fol­lowed by a video show­cas­ing the de­vel­op­ment of Kuala Krai be­fore the open­ing speech by Dabong state as­sem­bly­man Datuk Ramzi Ab Rah­man, who is also Kuala Krai Umno di­vi­sion chief.

In KUALA TERENGGANU, thou­sands gath­ered at the Shah­ban­dar Square in Kuala Terengganu to en­joy cul­tural per­for­mances and pa­tri­otic songs.

The cer­e­mony, which be­gan at 10pm, was at­tended by Men­tri Be­sar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Ab­dul Rah­man and state assem­bly speaker Datuk Zu­bir Em­bong.

The nearca­pac­ity crowd at the Na­tional Sta­dium in Bukit Jalil last night en­joyed song and dance per­for­mances and a fire­works dis­play.


Philip­pine Sec­re­tary of For­eign Af­fairs and chair­man of the SEA Games 2019 Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee Alan Peter S. Cayetano hold­ing the SEA Games Fed­er­a­tion flag af­ter re­ceiv­ing it from fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Tunku Tan Sri Im­ran Tuanku Jaa­far (sec­ond from...

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