Crowd gives the thumbs up to Malaysia Day do

Festive joy: Performers from different races are all smiles as they pose for a group photo after the Malaysia Day celebration at Fort Cornwallis, Penang. — CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

THE Malaysian spirit filled the air during the state-level Malaysia Day celebration at the historic Fort Cornwallis in George Town.

It was still drizzling when the crowd of a few hundred including foreign visitors gathered to watch the multi-cultural performances.

There was loud applause for the vibrant dance and song performances, which included a cultural show performed by Universiti Sains Malaysia students from Sabah and Sarawak.

First-time visitor Audrey Finch, 42, from United Kingdom, was overwhelmed by the occasion.

“The performances are so vibrant and mesmerising.

“I’m so excited watching all the shows. I can feel the united spirit among Malaysians here,” she said.

K. Nathan, 30, came all the way from Perak to celebrate the auspicious day.

“The Sabah and Sarawak cultural show was an eye-opener for me. It’s so beautiful,” he said.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said Sabah and Sarawak should be respected equally as other states in Malaysia.

“Without the two states, there is no Malaysia.”

The celebration ended with a passionate rendition of ‘Saya Anak Malaysia’ by the performers as well as the crowd.

Also present were Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon and state exco members Chow Kon Yeow, Phee Boon Poh and Chong Eng.

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