KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 2012 (Bernama) -- This year's Warriors Day celebration was held in full swing despite drizzling rain over Dataran Merdeka earlier on in the event.
Upon the arrival of the Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the Sultan of Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad V to the event, he inspected the guard-of-honour mounted by 102 personnel of the Royal Malay Regiment, including three officers, led by Mejar Khairul Azman Kormin.
Some 874 people participated in the parade consisting of personnel from the Royal Malaysian Navy, Royal Malaysian Air Force, Royal Malaysian Army, Royal Malaysia Police, Ex-Services Association of Malaysia and the Ex-Police Association of Malaysia led by Lt Kol Mohd Rosli Abu Bakar.
Also present were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar and Armed Forces Chief Jeneral Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin.
At the event, various performances were held including the declamation of a sajak titled 'Pahlawan' by Lt Kol Razi Mohamad and Warrant Officer 1 Azamin Itam.
A pantomime on the people's uprising against communist cruelty, involving 148 people from the Army Arts Body and Defence Ministry, Navy Headquarters and Air Force Headquarters, were also presented at the event.
Meanwhile, national hero Temenggong Datuk Kanang anak Langkau, 68, said celebrating Warriors Day today was meaningful to him and felt truly appreciated by the government.
"I am happy and sad today. I am sad remembering friends lost at war and feel touched that this celebration is held each year in appreciation of their contributions," he said when met at the event today.
Therefore, he hoped the younger generation would continue to remember and appreciate the sacrfices of former soldiers, as well as strive to maintain peace and prosperity the country enjoys.
Warriors Day falls on July 31, in conjuction with the end of the emergency period in 1960 and was held for the first time on Aug 4, 1968.
This year's celebration is the third to be held at the Dataran Merdeka, here, after it relocated from the National Monument in 2010.
In ALOR SETAR, the Kedah Council of Regency chairman Tan Sri Tunku Annuar Sultan Badlishah placed a wreath at the Warriors Monument in Jalan Tunku Bendahara in conjunction with the Kedah-level Warriors Day celebrations.
Tunku Annuar attended the ceremony at 9am with his wife, Toh Puan Bendahara Puan Seri Suzana Abdullah, where they were greeted with a guard of honour and singing of 'Allah Selamat Sultan' and the national anthem.
Then the Last Post was sounded before the recitation of the sajak, Pahlawanku.
In KOTA KINABALU, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman reminded the people to appreciate the past contributions of warriors who had sacrificed to ensure Malaysians live in peace and harmony.
He said the people should be grateful for the peace they enjoyed now and must preserve it for the future generation.
"Our independence, stability and prosperity will not exist without honouring our warriors," said Musa at the state-level Warriors Day celebrations.
Present with him were the Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin, Sabah Legislative Assembly Speaker Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak as well as Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Yahya Hussin and Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai.
The ceremony began with a royal salute from Main Honour Guard, followed by the playing of the national anthem and Last Post by the Royal Malaysia Police and Malaysian Army.
There was also a declamation of the sajak titled Pahlawan and a performance by the army on the sacrifice of soldiers fighting the communist, before ending with a Rouse bugle call by the PDRM and RMA.
In MELAKA, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Ali Rustam said the country's citizens should appreciate the peace, which was fought for by security personnel, by not being hostile towards one another.
He said problems that cropped up should be resolved in talks and refrain from involving emotions.
He said irresponsible behavior such as street demonstrations would only threaten public order and taint Malaysia's image.
"As a caring community, we must be thankful for the role the security team has in creating peace and defending the country for us to enjoy this peace and harmony," he said in a speech during the launch of the celebration officiated by the Yang Dipertua Negeri Melaka, Tun Khalil Yaakob.
A total of RM96,000 was collected by government agencies consisting of local authorities and companies under the state government, and 16 ex-servicemen and ex-policemen received aid in the form of cash and wheelchairs at the event.