PUTRAJAYA: Tan Sri Annuar Musa calls on the Malaysian Family to be at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, to watch the parade to be held in conjunction with National Day 2022 celebrations.
The Communications and Multimedia Minister said after a lapse of two years (due to the Covid-19 pandemic), several interesting events had been lined up to heighten the celebration, including the arrival of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah on a royal horse carriage from Menara DBKL to Dataran Merdeka.
At a media conference here Wednesday (Aug 17), he said the horse carriage was last used by Tuanku Syed Sirajudin Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail during the National Day celebration at Dataran Putrajaya in 2005.
Annuar said in line with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob's Malaysian Family concept, the theme of the National Day and Malaysia Day 2022 celebrations is "Keluarga Malaysia Teguh Bersama" (Malaysian Family Stronger Together).
"The concept of this year's celebration is in line with the three main thrusts outlined in the Malaysian Family concept, namely, inclusiveness, togetherness and gratitude," he added.
Annuar said the concept of the celebrations would be portrayed through the participation of a large community including the Orang Asli, famous Malaysian chefs and frontliners to remind the people of the difficult time in combating the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said the pledge on Aug 31 would be read out by Muhammad Azeem Mohd Fahmi, the country’s 100m sprint record holder.
According to Annuar, one of the unique features of the celebration that day is the participation of 30 renowned national figures and celebrities through a parade of antique cars as well as 65 high-powered motorcycles.
For the first time, the hoisting of the national flag, Jalur Gemilang and the accompanying Negaraku will be played by a Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) orchestra of 65 musicians led by the station’s music director, Datuk Mokhzani Ismail.
The theme song for this year’s celebration will be sung by Alif Satar and The Locos accompanied by a 65-member Malaysian Family Choir from Akademi Seni Budaya dan Warisan Kebangsaan (Aswara).
Annuar said the celebration including the parade and march-past involving various ministries, security and civil defence forces and other groups would take about two hours and 30 minutes starting at 8am.
"During that period, various interesting performances will be held including the Colour Guard Field Formation coordinated by the Education Ministry through the Selangor Education Department and involving an 600 students from a number of selected schools in the state.
"There will also be a fly-past and air show by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) which will involve its fighter jets with their experienced pilots, the pride of Malaysia,” he said.
Annuar said a 600-member cultural troupe from the National Culture and Arts Department would be performing at the field while there would also be a float procession, the result of strategic collaboration between the government, government-linked companies and the private sector
The organisations involved include Petronas, Tenaga Nasional Bhd, Telekom Malaysia, YTL, Celcom, Maxis, Digi, U Mobile, Measat and the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC).
The National Day 2022 celebrations will be broadcast live via the Facebook page of the Communications and Multimedia Ministry, Merdeka 360 and the Malaysia Information Department, as well as TV1, MHI, Astro Awani, TV Alhijrah, Bernama TV, TV Sarawak (TVS), Awesome TV and Suke TV.
It can also be viewed through the Merdeka 360 portal at merdeka360.my, the information hub for the National Day and Malaysia Day celebrations. - Bernama