Over 200 Couples Celebrate Birth Of Merdeka Babies

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KUALA LUMPUR – Over 200 couples have a cause for a double celebration as they welcomed the birth of their new bundle of joy on National Day today.

In the federal capital, 18 Merdeka babies, 10 of whom are boys, were born at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital as at press time.

In SELANGOR, 40 births of Merdeka babies, comprising 21 boys and 19 girls, were recorded, with Sungai Buloh Hospital saw the highest number of babies at 18, followed by Tuanku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital (13) and Selayang Hospital (9).

In PUTRAJAYA, nine babies were born at the Putrajaya Hospital as at press time today.

They comprised three boys and six girls.

In MELAKA, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said 12 babies were born at the Melaka Hospital on the National Day this year, with 10 of them being boys.

Idris said the first baby born today belonged to an Indonesian couple, Tifani Petros, 32, and Sirilusnahak Felix, 25.

The baby boy, weighing 2.7kg, was born at 2.18 am, while the state’s 12th Merdeka baby, also a boy, was born at 10.33 am.

“I hope these Merdeka babies will grow up to be healthy and become a useful asset to the country one day,” he told reporters after visiting the babies at the hospital.

In NEGERI SEMBILAN, six baby boys and five baby girls were born at the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital Seremban (HTJS) here today, with the first birth recorded at 12.23 am.

HTJS director Dr Ariffin Mohamad said of the total, three of them were born through normal delivery, while eight others were born through a C-section delivery. – BERNAMA