FT Day do takes off with flying colours


hbchow@thestar.com.my 

A NEAT landing by a troop of six parachutists who finished their act by displaying a banner that read “Sayangi Kuala Lumpur'' (Love Kuala Lumpur) before some 3,000 people kicked off the KL-level Federal Territory Day celebrations at Dataran Merdeka on Saturday morning. 

The daredevils from the Kuala Lumpur Parachutists' Association received rapturous applause from participants and visitors who woke up early to celebrate the city's 32nd birthday. 

Among the VIP guests at the event were Acting Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Zulhasnan Rafique, FT Ministry parliamentary secretary Yew Teong Look, FT Ministry secretary-general Datuk Dr Zulkurnain Awang, KL Mayor Datuk Ruslin Hasan and other MPs.  

Shahrizat trying out a paintball gun as Zulhasnan (left), his wife Datin Siti Noriah Ana Razak (right) and Ruslin look on.

The City Hall's choir then entertained the crowd with patriotic songs before SM Victoria Institution’s award-winning brass band stole the show with their musical numbers. 

The SMK Seri Bintang Utara's cheerleading team upped the tempo with a blazing routine.  

Other events held in the area included telematches, health screening and speak raga, paintball, street soccer, Braille chess, colouring and drawing competitions. 

City Hall will be organising programmes until March 5 for city folk.  

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