Floating parade planned for N-Day

Source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2006/4/5/nation/13867595&sec=nation

Wednesday April 5, 2006

Floating parade planned for N-Day

KUALA LUMPUR: A floating parade on a 5km stretch of Sungai Sarawak will be featured in this years 49th National Day celebrations to be held in Kuching.

Culture Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, who is the organising committee chairman, said the celebrations would tap the rich cultural and natural heritage of the state.

He told a press conference at the Parliament lobby here yesterday that the theme this year would be Rancangan Malaysia Kesembilan Memakmurkan Rakyat (Ninth Malaysia Plan for the Peoples Prosperity).

He said the celebrations would kick off in Terengganu in early August.

Merdeka teams comprising youth groups as well as veterans from the independence era will travel around the country during the period leading up to the national-level celebrations in Sarawak, he said.

He added that a special committee had been set up to ensure greater involvement by the private sector this year.

Dr Rais also said his ministry would be giving out at least a million flags, including those to be affixed on cars.