PATRIOTIC: There was a carnival atmosphere at the launch of the campaign at Tanjung Emas Square in Muar
MUAR: MORE than l0,000 people thronged Tanjung Emas Square in Muar on Tuesday night to participate in the launch of the state-level "Fly and Wave Jalur Gemilang".
Among them were 550 youths from all districts in Johor. They marched smartly into the square and onto the stage, waving flags and singing patriotic songs with the crowd.
It was a carnival-like atmosphere where people of all races, comprising mostly youths, gathered to strengthen racial unity, harmony and friendship.
Despite the drizzle, the crowd stayed on for three hours from 8pm. There were cultural dances, lion dance performance and a fireworks display.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein distributed Jalur Gemilang to drivers of 50 cars with the assistance of the Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Razali Ibrahim, who is also the member of parliament for Muar.
The flags were also distributed to department heads, district officers, representatives of non-governmental organisations and others.
Hishammuddin, who represented Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak at the function, stressed the importance of showing appreciation for the Jalur Gemilang.
He also urged the people to treasure the country's independence.
He called on youths, who are the country's future leaders, to further strengthen mutual respect and understanding among all the races for the development and prosperity of the country.
Also present at the launch were the organising chairman M. Asojan, who is the state Unity, Human Resources, Science, Technology and Innovation committee chairman, and Datuk Ahmad Zahri Jamal, who is the State Local Government, housing, public works and infrastructure committee chairman.
Ahmad Zahri was representing Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman.
The giving away of the flags was part of the "Janji Ditepati" programme.
Earlier, at noon, Datuk Abdullah Md Ali, Bukit Naning assemblyman, and Chris Lee Ching Yong, the special officer to the Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, flagged off a convoy of 50 cars and 50 motorcycles in front of the Sultan Abu Bakar government building.
The team, carrying Jalur Gemilang, toured Bakri new village, Bukit Pasir and returned to Tanjung Emas Square in the evening.