PETALING JAYA: A large crowd has begun arriving for the opening ceremony of the 29th SEA Games at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Saturday.
A downpour at about 6pm has not kept people away, as many were seen arriving in raincoats and umbrellas.
The stadium's doors were opened at 4pm to allow thousands of spectators enough time to get to their seats before the pre-event programme kicks off at 6pm.
The official opening ceremony is scheduled to start at 8pm after the arrival of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and other dignitaries.
The ceremony will begin with a flag parade of the 11 participating countries, followed by a parade of contingents and athletes as well as the raising of the SEA Games Federation and the KL2017 flags.
Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja'afar and Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin will then deliver their welcoming address.
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong will then declare the Games officially open, followed by an oath-taking ceremony to be read by national high jumper Nauraj Singh Randhawa.
A 20-minute showcase with the theme 'Bangkit Bersama' is expected at the event.
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