RESOUNDING SUCCESS: Minister promises better one next year
PUTRAJAYA: FOR the past five days, booming bass sounds, blaring horns and the cranking of electric guitars had enveloped the air of the administrative capital.
Millions of youth thronged here and soaked in the festive environment with painted faces, adorned in punk-inspired wigs or in costumes of their favourite characters.
If anything, the second edition of the Millions of Youth Gathering was a resounding success.
As of press time, Bernama reports that the youth gathering created a record with the presence of two million youth and this was proof that the government's effort to get closer to the nation's youth was on the right track.
Themed "Today is better compared to tomorrow", the event saw some 500 activities from 38 segments with 1,000 performances since Wednesday.
More than 3,000 youth had volunteered at the five-day carnival organised by the Youth and Sports Ministry.
Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the youth who "invaded Putrajaya" had enjoyed themselves and showcased their talents.
"They have made Malaysia a great nation. We will organise a better and greater youth gathering next year," he said earlier after meeting the Millions of Youth volunteers.
The youth programme gained momentum yesterday, with more youth thronging the administrative capital.
The whole 6km stretch of the boulevard from Dataran Gemilang to Dataran Putra saw youth indulging in activities from karaoke sessions and food-eating competition to seeking out marriage advice at the Love Lane.
Among the sought-after acts were Korean pop bands, jazz festivals and brass bands.
"Fixies" (neon-coloured fixed-gear bicycle) were also a top draw -- with vivid convoys snaking around wide lanes to avoid the multitude of visitors at the various pavilions and food stalls.
At the designated campsite for scouts, Joanna Lau, 27, reminisced about her scouting days as she came across the many tents that had been set up.
"The energy is vibrant and youthful, and this is a positive event by the government because it allows youth to showcase their talents and, at the same time, gain new knowledge from educational booths," she told the New Straits Times.
Another visitor, Mohd Faiz Roslan, 17, who participated in the boy scouts march on Friday, said the celebration was "happening" and all his friends had enjoyed it.
"It is so much better than the gathering last year."
Filipino, Carla Mejia, who is on holiday in Malaysia, said she happened to be here and decided to join in the fun.
"I was excited when I saw the carnival at the boulevard. There are so many activities to participate in and performances to watch."