KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31– The 2021 National Day was celebrated in full patriotic spirit, albeit moderately, in keeping with the new normal for the second year running since the country was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic early last year.
In PUTRAJAYA, the celebration was held at the National Heroes Square in a hybrid manner, featuring patriotic elements in the spirit of the Malaysian Family, and in full compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOP).
With the arrival of guests at the location including Cabinet ministers with various patriotic songs played in the background, a ‘Malaysian Family’ video clip featuring lyrics created by the Minister of Communications and Multimedia Tan Sri Annuar Musa, was also shown.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob joined the celebration themed ‘Malaysia Prihatin’ virtually, as he is still undergoing self-quarantine from yesterday (Aug 30) after being confirmed as a close contact of a COVID-19 patient.
In PAHANG, the Regent of Pahang Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah attended the state-level 2021 National Day Celebration Ceremony which took place in the compound of the Kuantan City Council in Kuantan.
Tengku Hassanal was received by the state leadership line-up headed by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail and the celebration began with a guard of honour parade, followed by the ceremony to raise the Jalur Gemilang and seven shouts of ‘Merdeka’.
The celebration took place in a moderate manner and was aired on the state government’s official Facebook account to enable the people to participate online.
In KUALA LUMPUR, people were seen observing a healthy lifestyle by cycling and jogging around Merdeka Square from as early as 7.30 am.
Members of the public adhered to the set SOP, and were seen dispersing at 9.30 am, with the location controlled well by the police and the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
In KELANTAN, various initiatives were carried out by the public to enliven the 2021 National Day, including carrying the Jalur Gemilang while cycling to express their patriotic spirit.
Checks by Bernama in Kota Bharu today found many residents, especially the younger generation taking the initiative to cycle around the town area while waving the Jalur Gemilang.
In PENANG, the state Information Department held a [email protected] program, namely, giving away flags, food baskets, and gifts to the local community in the Seberang Perai Tengah (SPT) district including vaccine recipients, in conjunction with the National Day celebration at the Vangohh Hotel vaccination center here, today.
Its director Dr. Haniff Hassan said under the program, the department had also mobilized teams to several areas in every district in the state including SPT, Seberang Perai Utara, Seberang Perai Selatan, Barat Daya and Timur Laut.
In SABAH, the National Day celebration was held on a small scale for about an hour to comply with the SOP.
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor expressed his appreciation to frontliners through a momento containing his special quotes to express his thanks to the national heroes in the state for their service and deeds during the pandemic.
In JOHOR, 50 individuals took part in the ‘Merdeka @ Komuniti’ car convoy to wave the Jalur Gemilang in Mersing, to enliven the National Day celebration under the new normal.
The program organized by the Mersing Information Department was launched by Endau State Assemblyman Alwiyah Talib at Kembara Square, Kampung Seri Lalang, at 9.40 am.
In NEGERI SEMBILAN, the Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan Tuanku Muhriz Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir and Tunku Ampuan Besar Negeri Sembilan Tuanku Aishah Rohani Tengku Besar Mahmud consented to attend the state-level 2021 National Day Celebration held moderately in the compound of Wisma Negeri, Seremban.
The half-an-hour ceremony started with the Rukun Negara Pledge headed by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun followed by a ceremony to raise the Jalur Gemilang accompanied by the national anthem.
In SELANGOR, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari in his 2021 National Day Address said it was important for the younger generation to understand, delve into and appreciate the efforts and sacrifices of the previous generations in preserving the national identity.
In PERAK, Menteri Besar Datuk Saarani Mohamad in his message posted on the Information Department’s Facebook said keeping alive the patriotic spirit during the COVID-19 pandemic was an important criteria in the building of a nation that remains peaceful and continues to be progressive.