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United nation : Kampung Parit Bingan Darat villagers putting up flags of different states in conjunction with the Merdeka Day celebrations in Johor. -ABDUL RAHMAN EMBONG / The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: The 56th Merdeka Day procession on Aug 31, which will be different from previous years, is in line with its theme Malaysiaku Berdaulat: Tanah Tumpahnya Darahku, said Communications and Multimedia Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Kamaruddin Siaraf.
“The difference is that we will highlight military equipment to show the people and the world that we are ready to defend our nation in any eventuality.
“In the past, we focused on culture and understanding. This year we will stress on patriotism; that Malaysia is a sovereign country which we are prepared to defend to the last drop of our blood,” he said.
Kamaruddin, who is also the 56th National Day and 50th Malaysia Day celebrations committee chairman, was speaking in the Malaysia Hari Ini programme over TV3 yesterday.
He said 16,000 members of the security forces would be taking part in the National Day parade.
On the eve of Merdeka, the Putrajaya International Fireworks competition will be held at the Putrajaya Maritime Centre.
“That night, there will be a concert featuring leading artistes while the Prime Minister will join the countdown to Merdeka Day,” he said.
Other activities include the raising of the national flag campaign which was launched by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in Sungai Petani on Aug 16 as well as a “Unity and Harmony” concert between Malaysia and Indonesia which was held at Dataran Merdeka two nights ago.
Kamaruddin said state-level programmes such as the Merdeka speech competition, house and business premises decorations as well as a video clip contest on how Malaysians celebrate Independence day will be held to foster patriotism.
“These celebrations are to remind the people that independence did not come on its own but through our struggles, and the people should be vigilant in protecting the country’s independence,” he said.
As for the Malaysia Day celebrations, Kamaruddin said the country’s golden jubilee would be celebrated in the morning in Kuching and at night in Kota Kinabalu on Sept 16.
“Unlike previous years when the celebrations were either held in Kuching or Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia Day will be held at the two places on the same day,” he said.
The celebration in Kuching will be attended by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong while the Prime Minister will be in Kota Kinabalu.
“In Kuching, there will be a regatta on Sungai Sarawak on the night of Sept 15 with a procession of decorated boats,” he said. — Bernama
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