KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's 55th Merdeka Day celebrations on Friday got off to a great start with some 13,000 participants from all walks of the country's multi-ethnic society, including the younger generation taking part in a parade symbolising strong national unity and harmony.
Themed '1Malaysia Janji Ditepati' (1Malaysia Promises Fulfilled), the parade began soon after Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah arrived at Dataran Merdeka here at 8am.
Their Majesties were welcomed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong then took the salute before Negaraku was played by the Royal Malay Regiment's main band.
|Malaysians proudly waving the Jalur Gemilang as they celebrate the nation's 55th Merdeka Day at Dataran Merdeka on Friday. - IBRAHIM MOHTAR/The Star - 31 August, 2012|
|The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) helicopters making a fly-past during the 55th Merdeka Day celebrations at Dataran Merdeka on Friday. - AZLINA ABDULLAH/The Star - 31 August, 2012|
This was followed by three shouts of 'Daulat Tuanku' and the hoisting of the national flag accompanied by the singing of the Negaraku, followed by a 14-gun salute. - Bernama