KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 (Bernama) — It was a sight to behold, a sound to reckon with and a moment to cherish as intense patriotic spirit rose into the air and hung there as thousands of people joined the national leaders for the 53rd National Day celebration at the Putra Stadium indoor arena in Bukit Jalil, here.
The celebration, themed “1Malaysia Transforming the Nation”, the first to be held indoor, was marked by colourful performances, a 14-gun salute, reading of pledge and awe-inspiring displays of grit and courage by the country’s security forces.
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Nur Zahirah arrived at the venue at 8am to the sound of trumpets and thunderous applause from the 10,000 people at the stadium.
Present were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and wife Puan Sri Norainee Abdul Rahman, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and cabinet ministers, donning the specially-crafted 1Malaysia batik.
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s arrival marked the start of the 90-minute celebration at the stadium which has been the venue for many prestigious events either sports or entertainment.
Source :Â Bernama