BUTTERWORTH: Long after those attending the early morning National Day parade had gone home, workers of the local council here were kept busy cleaning up the Padang Pemuda Merdeka.
The place was littered with rubbish from the celebration and the Seberang Prai Municipal Council workers had to work overtime to clear the huge amount of garbage left behind.
“We have big green dustbins specially brought and placed all over the place. Why can’t the people learn to use them?” one of the workers was heard complaining.
Earlier, the National Day parade saw thousands of people lining up on both sides of the road to witness the march-past of 113 contingents before Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas and his consort Toh Puan Majimor Shariff.
Also present were Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, exco members, MPs, assemblymen and other dignitaries.
Made up of 99 government departments, 14 agencies, 10 schools and other organisations, the contingents marched and waved to the crowd during the two-hour parade.
Among those spotted waving the mini Jalur Gemilang in the crowd was Year One pupil Nurul Eizara Aishah Noorazam Shah who came dressed in a Jalur Gemilang baju kebaya and won many admirers among the crowd.