PUTRAJAYA: The mounted unit of Putrajaya Corporation’s (PPj) enforcement section has been given the honour of leading the parade of the civil servants horse contingent during National Day celebrations on Aug 31 in Putrajaya.

The mounted parade will feature 44 horses from PPj and three other agencies comprising the Malaysian Armed Forces, Royal Malaysia Police and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), which are considered to be more senior and experienced in having mounted units compared to PPj’s unit which was established in 2006.

The horses comprising 14 each from PPj and DBKL, 11 from the police and five from the armed forces, have been assembled at the Kompleks Unit Berkuda Putrajaya in Precinct 15, which also serves as the parade training ground, since Monday.

The National Day parade marks the first time the PPj will lead a large procession of horses, said PPj enforcement director Mohd Ali Jusoh who explained that the horses had been assembled early to enable the animals and their riders to get accustomed to each other and their surroundings.

He told Bernama that intensive training for the horses and riders which began yesterday at the training grounds and which will be conducted at the parade location on Aug 17 and 28, was also aimed at ensuring that the horses will be accustomed to a festive environment with music blaring.

The director is hoping for a smooth performance with the horses exhibiting good temperaments. — Bernama