KUALA LUMPUR – The first National Day 2016 parade rehearsal at Dataran Merdeka today went smoothly.
Senior deputy secretary-general in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Othman Mahmood said the exercise which started as early as 6.30am involved 15,000 people comprising various groups and agencies.
“Today is the first day of rehearsal and we have two more. We will have the full rehearsal on Aug 29.
“Certain aspects such as performance and technical still need to be improved, including position of the audience’s seats and the LED screen,” he told Bernama when met after the rehearsal.
He hoped a 400,000 to 500,000 crowd would turn up at Dataran Merdeka on Aug 31 to celebrate National Day together.
“Last year, the crowd was about 200,000.
“I hope the number will be more this year as the event is going to be slightly different with the Royal Malaysian Police staging a special performance in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad building,” he said.
He said the crowd are encouraged to wear the red, white and blue colours of the Jalur Gemilang (national flag).
The government has retained last year’s National Day theme, ‘one heart, one soul’ for this year. – BERNAMA