THE Kuala Lumpur-level Merdeka Month was launched at City Hall building on Tuesday with a range of activities that will go on until Sept 16.
City Hall director-general Salleh Yusup, along with other heads of departments, members of parliament in the city and representatives from the business community and residents associations, turned up for the kick-off that was filled with the spirit of patriotism.
The City Hall choir performed NegaraKu, Jalur Gemilang and Keranamu Malaysia and these were followed by a presentation of flags from City Hall to community leaders who were present at the launch.
Salleh urged house owners and businessmen to beautify their premises for the month in conjunction with the Merdeka celebrations.
“From Aug 17 to Sept 16, I hope that they will display the Jalur Gemilang to show their love for the country,” he said, adding that Malaysia had come a long way since the colonisation of the Portuguese, Dutch and British.
“We Malaysians must not forget the contributions and sacrifices of our forefathers, like the Malay saying ‘kacang lupakan kulit (the groundnut forgetting its skin).’
“In conjunction with the celebrations, we need to host several activities. I urge the private sector and community organisations to organise programmes to foster unity and patriotism among the city folk,” said Salleh.
Present at the launch were Titiwangsa MP Datuk Astaman Abdul Aziz, Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun, Kepong MP Dr Tan Seng Giaw, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai, Batu MP Ng Lip Yong, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye and several City Hall advisory board members.