5,000 people enliven 'Negaraku Sehati Sejiwa' programme in Ipoh

IPOH: More than 5,000 people thronged Bulatan Amanjaya here to enliven the launching of the Perak -level "Negaraku Sehati Sejiwa" programme here last night.

The programme on patriotism, which started at 10am, was filled with various activities including "Ziarah Kasih", "Negaraku" exhibitions by government agencies, "Negaraku" graffiti, a colouring contest and talks.

The event was launched by State Rural Development, Plantation, Agriculture, Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Saarani Mohamad on behalf of Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir.

In his speech, he urged Malaysians to be united to defend the "Jalur Gemilang" (national flag) and national sovereignty by casting aside differences including on religion, race, and political ideology.

"We, as Malaysians, must be thankful for the freedom, peace and unity we are enjoying. Don't squander all these due to religious, racial and ideological differences.

"I also hope, 'Jalur Gemilang' is not merely regarded as a piece of cloth. Express our pride for our nation by flying it always, not just in the month of August," he added. — Bernama