PUTRAJAYA – Themed with Sayangi Malaysiaku, the 2018 National Day was celebrated in high patriotism spirit.
The historical celebration took place at Dataran Putrajaya at 8.00 a.m. right after the arrival of Yang DiPertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V.
The National Anthem, Negaraku was sung, followed by the recitation of Rukun Negara pledge and the 14 royal gun salute by the 41st Ceremonial Battery of the Royal Artillery Regiment led by Major Asri B. Che Wil.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah along with the Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and the cabinet ministers and other dignitaries witnessed the parade from the grand stand.
An estimation of 300,000 spectators filled the streets of Dataran Putrajaya as early as 6.00 a.m. to watch the parade, cheering each contingent which passed by the main stage.
This year’s celebration is a historic milestone because of its significance in celebrating the administration of the Pakatan Harapan led federal government and new leadership with Dr Mahathir back at the helm at the age of 93.
The choice of Putrajaya as the location of the National Day 2018 celebration, after 13 years as host to the celebration, is also special as Dr Mahathir was the person who mooted and inspired the development of the area, previously known as Prang Besar, to become the country’s administrative centre in 1995.
600 school cadets kicked started the parade by bringing Jalur Gemilang, followed by 2,000 participants of parade with flags of the states.
A total of 12,295 participants took part in the band contingent and parade namely, patriotism, public order, national security and unity of the people.
71 assets from the Royal Malaysian Airforce and land assets such as tanks were portrayed in the parade.
Besides that, about 407 units of assets belonging to the Royal Malaysia Police, Fire and Rescue Department and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency were also displayed.
The Malaysian Armed Forces was represented by 2,050 personnel from the Malaysian Army, Royal Malaysian Air Force and the Royal Malaysian Navy. -MalaysiaGazette