Unity takes the lead at Malaysia Day events

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians came out to cel­e­brate Malaysia Day, hold­ing pa­rades and var­i­ous sports ac­tiv­i­ties to com­mem­o­rate the na­tional event.

In Labuan, where the na­tion­al­level 55th Malaysia Day cel­e­bra­tion was held last night, a pa­rade was held in the morn­ing.

A to­tal of 119 con­tin­gents took part in the state­level pa­rade at the Dataran Labuan here from 7am.

The pa­rade from Jalan Merdeka to Dataran Labuan in­volved more than 2,000 par­tic­i­pants.

Fed­eral Ter­ri­to­ries Min­is­ter Khalid Ab­dul Sa­mad, in his speech at the event, said the cel­e­bra­tion should not fo­cus merely on en­joy­ment, but also on the im­por­tance of en­hanc­ing aware­ness and the spirit of pa­tri­o­tism to pre­serve the coun­try’s in­de­pen­dence.

“To­day, we must ad­mit and ac­cept the fact that a New Malaysia is mov­ing for­ward to re­gain the glory of the coun­try and en­sure that it is on track in driv­ing its econ­omy.

“The time has come for us to strengthen unity, set aside the dif­fer­ences and help the gov­ern­ment be on the right and sta­ble eco­nomic plat­form,” he said.

In Kota Baru, 69 con­tin­gents gath­ered at the Sul­tan Muham­mad IV Sta­dium for the state­level cel­e­bra­tion led by mem­bers of the 21st Royal Malay Reg­i­ment.

In Shah Alam, more than 1,000 par­tic­i­pants took part in the GCE Duathlon 2018 along the Guthrie Cor­ri­dor Ex­press­way.

In Tawau, Kal­abakan MP Ma’amun Su­laiman flagged off a night run event with 261 par­tic­i­pants.

In Ku­lai, FGV Hold­ings Bhd chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Zakaria Ar­shad and Na­tional Felda Set­tlers Chil­dren’s As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Ma­zlan Ali­man took time off to meet par­tic­i­pants of a dirt bike rac­ing event in Felda Bukit Ra­mun.

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