(KPT contingent prepares to start parade in conjunction with 2022 National Day celebration at Dataran Merdeka today)
By Rohana Man
KUALA LUMPUR – For two years in a row, national independence day was not widely celebrated nationwide due to the Covid-19 pandemic, today a lively and joyful atmosphere once again colored the surroundings of Dataran Merdeka.
Since early morning, people started flooding the square to witness the march and parade of uniformed forces, government agencies, non-governmental organizations and others, including an air show by the national security forces.
The Ministry of Higher Education (KPT) contingent that bravely marched in the parade during this year’s 65th National Independence Day celebration should not be excluded.
The waving of the Jalur Gemilang and the cheering of tens of thousands of participants reignited the spirit of the KPT contingent to continue marching bravely on the royal stage.
KPT’s official Facebook today reported that this year’s National Day celebration saw the involvement of over 20,000 participants in shows and parades, 76 service animals, 369 land assets and 68 air force assets.
The KPT contingent (left) bravely organized the march in conjunction with the 2022 National Day celebration at Dataran Merdeka today.
Today’s celebratory event began with the arrival of national dignitaries including Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad as early as 7.30am.
Half an hour later, the official celebration began with the arrival of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and the King Queen, Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah in a royal carriage.
The KPT contingent that participated in this parade involved the participation of 84 personnel consisting of senior KPT officers, deputy vice chancellors of public universities, heads of agencies such as JPT, JPPKK, AKEPT, MQA, PTPTN and EMGS and KPT citizens from various service schemes .
20 student leaders who are the presidents of the National Representative Council of Students (MPPK) of public universities throughout the country also participate in the KPT contingent.
The KPT contingent led by KPT Divisional Secretary (Policy and Research) Dr Wan Baharudin Wan Mahmood wore a corporate dress combining the Jalur Gemilang colors with a blue and white background.
The choice of colors reflects the unity of KPT people from different levels to work together to promote the country’s higher education.
In addition, the colors also show KPT’s determination to improve its performance so that it will always be seen in the eyes of the world as a center of higher learning.
Interestingly, the corporate t-shirt was designed by Deputy Director of Management, Kuala Langat Community College, Mohamad Shabudin Mohamad Nor, who is also a lecturer in animation.
“The ministry’s message of concern is clear through the symbolism of the unification and inclusion of the involvement of all levels to support the agenda of quality higher education and to further produce excellent people and a prosperous country,” the statement said.