National Day parade a huge success: Gobind


PUTRAJAYA: The National Day parade which was held at Dataran Putrajaya today was a huge success and achievement, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo.

He said the celebration had demonstrated unity and togetherness among Malaysians from all walks of life.

“Today is the most important day to celebrate among us, the day we got our Independence. Remember how difficult it was to achieve freedom and understand how the country was built.

“Now, we have a new government to build and this time we celebrate National Day under the Pakatan Harapan government,” he told reporters when met after the parade, which was attended by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V here.

Also present were Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and spouse Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Ali, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Cabinet ministers and special guests.

Thanking the secretariat and everyone who made the event a success, Gobind said he hopes that the National Day parade could be even better next year.

Asked if Putrajaya will be chosen again for next year’s celebration, Gobind said: “This is an excellent venue. We see a huge crowd and a lot of space. It gives us a lot of options. A lot can be done.

“It has been a great success and done very well. It is a good idea to hold it in Putrajaya. Of course, some have asked to hold it in Dataran Merdeka. But (for) next year, we are not sure,” he added.

Meanwhile Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said that the extraordinary response shown by the people proved that they feel the true meaning of ‘freedom and independence’.

He said the lively and emotional celebration was seen in the spontaneity of the people, who rose to shout “Sayangi Malaysiaku” each time the slogan was mentioned by the master of ceremony. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd