KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians from all walks of proudly display their patriotic spirit and solidarity in celebrating the National Day at Dataran Merdeka.
The people had the opportunity to witness almost 13,000 participants from the public and private sector, security forces, school students and a group of mountain guides take part in a mesmerising parade at the venue for the National Day celebrations themed “#sehatisejiwa” (One Heart, One Soul).
Gracing the historic event were the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and wife Datin Seri Hamidah Khamis, Cabinet ministers and foreign envoys were also present to witness the auspicious event.
Shortly after arrival, Tuanku Abdul Halim took the salute and inspected a guard-of-honour mounted by four officers and 103 men from the 1st Battalion of the Royal Malay Regiment from the Sungai Besi Camp led by Major Mohd Herdi Ismail.
This was followed by the hoisting of the Jalur Gemilang by Royal Malaysian Navy personnel, accompanied by the singing of the national anthem Negaraku.
A 14-gun salute was fired by the 41st Battery of the Royal Artillery Regiment.
The celebration which was broadcast live nationwide, started with a special performance, Derap Seragam, by 900 officers and men from the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM).
The performance was a first for the ATM at a national day parade; it was followed by a musical interlude mounted by school students.