Upin And Ipin Among Main Attractions At 57th Merdeka Day Celebration

Last update: 28/08/2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 28 (Bernama) -- The nation's animation icons, Upin and Ipin, will be among the main attractions at the 57th Merdeka Day celebration at Dataran Merdeka, here, this Sunday.

Communications and Multimedia Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the famed animation duo were among the new features introduced this time, to help raise the patriotic spirit, especially in children.

"The animation characters of Upin and Ipin, regarded as the country's intellectual property and which have been making waves, will delight the children.

"Hopefully, parents will also feel more patriotic when they bring their children to the Merdeka celebration," he said after watching the full-dress rehearsal for the celebration at Dataran Merdeka on Thursday.

Upin and Ipin will be shown on the big screen at the city's historic landmark and will act as the programme hosts, besides singing patriotic songs like "Warisan".

The rehearsal which started at 8am, involved 14,220 participants including flag-bearers and contingents from the Malaysian armed forces, government departments and agencies, and the private sector for the parade which will also include a display of the nation's security and defence assets.

Ahmad Shabery said he was satisfied with the rehearsal on the whole, although some minor matters needed to be addressed.

He also reminded Malaysians to fly the national flag, Jalur Gemilang, to show their love and pride for the nation.

"Although we are still sad over certain incidents (MH17 and MH370) that have befallen us, we need to move forward and show our good spirit for this country of ours," he said.