Malaysia commemorated its 66th Independence Day with vibrant celebrations focused on fostering unity among the country’s diverse population. The festivities began shortly after midnight on Wednesday, featuring patriotic songs and activities that culminated in a grand parade in Putrajaya on Thursday morning.
King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah led the parade, accompanied by Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and various officials, with thousands of military and civilian participants, dancers, and performers. Emphasizing the importance of unity, Sultan Abdullah conveyed that it is the foundation for harmony, prosperity, and resilience against challenges.
He urged leaders and citizens to sustain and strengthen this harmony. On August 31, 1957, Malaysia gained independence from British rule.