Malaysia

Moderate but joyous Merdeka celebration this year: Rais

August 25, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 – The 53rd Merdeka Day (Independence Day) this year will be celebrated on a moderate scale at Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil in respecting the holy month of Ramadan, said Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.

“With August 31 (Merdeka Day) falling during Ramadan, we understand there will be limitations to celebrating the occasion on a grand scale.

“However, I can say it will still be a very joyful celebration come August 31 (at Stadium Putra),” he told a press conference after his ministry’s post Cabinet meeting here today.

Rais said state governments and local authorities had been asked to ensure the Jalur Gemilang (national flag) is flown everywhere including kampungs.

“It (national flag) is not expensive, cheaper than a pack of cigarettes. If cost is a problem, we can supply them,” he said, adding that this year the giving away of the flags for free was limited because the government wanted to see for itself the people’s response to the flag flying campaign.

Asked about the annual Merdeka eve celebration, Rais said none would be held at the federal level in respecting the Ramadan month but the states could have their own if they wished to do so. – Bernama