Our country’s 62-year history was celebrated in a very unique and nostalgic manner at the 2019 National Day celebration at Putrajaya. Witnessed by millions of Malaysians, either at the Parade or via live telecast on social media or television, here’s a brief recap of our favourite moments from this year’s National Day Parade.
1. The official celebration began after the arrival of Sultan Abdullah and Raja Permaisuri Agong at the square, what followed was the singing of the national anthem Negaraku and the raising of the national flag Jalur Gemilang. At the same time, the 41st Ceremonial Battery of the Royal Artillery Regiment carried out a 14-gun royal salute representing the 13 states and the federal territory of Malaysia.
2. The theme for this year’s national parade celebrations is “Sayangi Malaysiaku: Malaysia Bersih”(Love Our Malaysia: A Clean Malaysia), performed by over 400 performers from the Youth and Sports Ministry, 200 from the Ministry of National Unity & Social Wellbeing and 200 from the National Film Development Corporation.
3. Putrajaya airspace was also rocked by the appearance of Sukhoi Su-30MKM and F/A-18D Hornet fighter aircraft from the Royal Malaysian Air Force. Various aircraft include EC725 AP and Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters gliding passed Dataran Putrajaya in a formation.
4. Our King and Queen’s enthusiastic reaction during the parade giving a thumbs up to the 900 civil servants’ horse contingent, led by Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Bakar. This is also the first year for Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah attending the Merdeka celebrations as king and queen.
5. The parade also saw the participation of famous local animated characters of Ejent Ali, Didi and Yaya as giant balloons, as well as other well-known Malaysian animated mascots. The contingent was organised by the Perbadanan Kemajuan Filem Malaysia(FINAS) lead by CEO Ahmad Idham Ahmad Nadzri.
6. England made Dennis RR-80 fire engine model which was commission in the nation’s fire and rescue service in the 1950s was among the attractive assets paraded by the Fire and Rescue Department contingent. The assets is now utilised as a historical exhibition material, for future scientific references.
7. The parade conclude with a final performance titled “Kita Punya Malaysia” was presented by pop punk rock band Bunkface.
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