KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 (Bernama) — The 2016 National Day celebration with the theme ‘One Heart, One Soul’ was celebrated in a grand manner throughout the country with various events demonstrating strong patriotism attended by state leaders and the general public.
Besides the colourful celebration at the Dataran Merdeka, the other states had also drawn up various programs to mark the event this time, which drew the attention of not only the local population but also the foreigners.
In PERAK, the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah and Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Zara Salim joined the general public to celebrate the National Day at the state level in front of the Municipal Hall, Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab, Ipoh.
A total of 116 contingents involving 6,960 participants from government departments and agencies, schools, institutions of higher learning, uniformed units and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) took part in the procession and parade.
In KUALA TERENGGANU, Yang Dipertuan Muda Terengganu Tengku Muhammad Ismail Sultan Mizan witnessed the celebration at the Dataran Batu Burok.
On arrival together with his sister, Tengku Nadhirah Zahrah, they were greeted by Menteri Besar Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman as well as members of the State Executive Council.
The procession participated by 5,236 people from 159 contingents from the various agencies and school students began from the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium to Dataran Batu Burok, a distance of three kilometers.
Members of the public also took the rare opportunity to witness the gaiety of the celebration with more than 10,000 attending the event in stages beginning at 7am.
In JOHOR, thousands of local and foreign nationals had gone to Tangkak town as early as 6am to witness the procession from 111 contingents involving 3,663 participants.
The celebration commenced shortly after the arrival of Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin who started the event by releasing 59 sparrows symbolising the 59 years that Malaysia had been freed from the colonialists, followed by the procession of the contingents carrying the ‘Jalur Gemilang’, and other contingents including the Royal Malaysian Armed Forces.
In SABAH, the parade and procession were held on a moderate scale attended by about 15,000 people including participants of the contingents who had begun to fill up the Dataran Bandaraya, Kota Kinabalu, as early as 6am.
A total of 175 contingents involving government agencies, the private sector, NGOs, institutions of higher learning, school students, Sabah ethnic associations as well as 25 vehicles took part in the procession.
Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin and wife, Toh Puan Norlidah R.M Jasni; Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman as well as state Cabinet members, among others, were entertained by a special performance from the Sabah Cultural Board with dance performances as well as poetry reading carrying the theme of a struggle.
In MELAKA, 9,881 participants from 227 contingents made up of government agencies, institutions of higher learning, school students, associations and members of the Malaysian Armed Forces joined the parade and procession at Bandar Hilir.
Melaka Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob, his wife Toh Puan Zurina Kassim, and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron joined about 3,000 people including foreign tourists to witness the procession.
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