PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia Aug 31 (NNN-Bernama) Patriotic Malaysians displayed the spirit of ‘Sayangi Malaysiaku’ (Love My Malaysia) at Dataran Putrajaya here as they were willing to spend their time and money to attend the National Day 2018 parade and procession in the early hours today.

As early as 5 am, various vehicles entered Putrajaya, while the traffic in the vicinity of the venue, Dataran Putrajaya, started to be congested as early as 5.30 am.

The estimated 300,000-strong audience, most of whom came to spend quality time with their families brought along the Jalur Gemilang (national flag) besides wearing clothes and accessories featuring the Jalur Gemilang.

A housewife, Suan, 54, even came all the way from Ampang for the first-hand experience of the historic celebration.

I could feel the excitement as the multiracial ‘rakyat’ (people) gathered in one place to wave the flags together, she said, accompanied by her husband Tony Yao and her two sons.

Suan said all these years, she only watched the National Day parade and procession on television at home, but this year she was inspired to wake up as early as 5 am to capture the beautiful moments and chant ‘Merdeka’ (independence) together.

Meanwhile a private sector employee Albert Ponniah, 39, from Kajang, also admitted that this was his first time attending the celebration in person.

I want to instill the spirit of patriotism within my children and for them to take a closer look at this event, I am also very excited to witness this year’s parade, said Albert, who came with his six-year-old twin sons and other relatives.

The National Day 2018 visitors also took the opportunity to snap selfies with the background of the iconic building of the Palace of Justice and various ministry buildings.

They also seemed eager to take photographs with various assets of the Royal Malaysia Police and the Malaysian Armed Forces that took part in the parade, in front of the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry.

A total of 12,295 participants and 475 assets were involved in the parade and procession today.

Source: NAM News Network

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