This year, the Independence Day parade is officially held in Kuala Lumpur. Crowds, local and tourists alike, converge on Dataran Merdeka to watch the morning parade. There is also a live telecast for those who prefer to watch the parade at home.
This year's Merdeka theme is "Malaysiaku berdaulat: Tanah tumpahnya darahku" which translates to English as "My sovereign Malaysia: My native land".
The theme calls for Malaysians to be united in defending the sovereignty of our beloved country. In line with the theme, this year's parade will showcase the assets of the country to defend the country as opposed to floats of former years that featured cultural aspects of the country.
Abdul Samad Building. The field on the right is Dataran Merdeka or Merdeka Square which has one of the tallest flagpoles in the world at 95-meter tall. You can see part of the flagpole on the top-right corner of the picture (above).
More pictures available in The Star.
A video to watch of the Merdeka Day parade..