MIRI: Miri City celebrated Maulidur Rasul with a colourful, fun and joyful street parade.
The parade had a distinctly “youthful” touch to it in that there were many groups of very young people and students taking part.
Lambir state assemblyman Ripin Lamat flagged off the parade that started at the Miri Civic Centre.
“I am glad to see the Maulidur Rasul parade in Miri being participated by so many groups.
“It is good to see the youths and the very young taking part in the public celebrations.
“It reflects the fact that our young Muslims are being guided along the religious path of Islam.
“I encourage more youths to be involved in future religious public activities and I hope the organisers from the Muslim associations will attract them with exciting activities,” he said.
Aside from the many Islamic songs performed during the parade through the city streets, there were also silat demonstrations by school students.
Youth bodies showed their skills with the kompang, while the women and girls groups demonstrated their singing skills and showed off colourful dresses.
The Miri Customs Department was judged the “best-dressed” contingent.
The male team members wore bright orange baju melayu while the ladies wore colourful kebaya.
Sarawak Assistant Tourism Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin presented awards to the winners at the end of the parade.
“It is good to see such colourful and cheerful atmosphere during this parade.
“It is always the case here in Miri where every religious celebration is enjoyed by Miri people from all walks of life and religious backgrounds,” he said.
More than 50 different groups from the government sector and private organisations as well as schools and youth bodies in Miri took part in the celebrations.
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