THE absence of the annual National Day parade this year did not stop a mother in Penang from encouraging her children to take part in a Merdeka convoy.
Civil servant Yana Sultan, 40, said she brought her children to the event to instil the spirit of patriotism in them.
“I want my kids to experience the Merdeka spirit and be happy.
“I usually bring my children to the state-level National Day parade every year but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the parade was cancelled this year.
“My son Adam Akid, who is six years old, is excited to ride his bicycle in the convoy.
“My 52-year-old cousin Fatimah Mohamad is also joining us, ” she said at the event in George Town.
Organised by the northeast district information department and Jalan Makloom Residents Association on Saturday, the Merdeka @ community Jalan Makloom event drew more than 200 residents.
Among them were about 50 cyclists and motorcyclists riding with Jalur Gemilang attached to their machines.
The 3km Merdeka convoy around Jalan Makloom was made merrier with the attendance of police officers, firefighters and volunteer fire squad members.
Event coordinator Jamil Abdullah, 42, said this was the first National Day event organised since the residential schemes at Jalan Makloom were developed in 1983.
“We want to make the young understand the sacrifices our leaders and the rakyat made to achieve the independence we enjoy today.
“Although we are undergoing the recovery movement control order, we still decided to celebrate but on a smaller scale, ” he said.
Also present were Penang Malay Association president Tan Sri Mohd Yussof Latiff and Jalan Perak Fire and Rescue Department station chief Aazelan Hassan.