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No Hari Merdeka Parade This Year, All Thanks To COVID-19

2020 sucks!


  • Wednesday, 8 July 2020
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No Hari Merdeka Parade This Year, All Thanks To COVID-19

We wonder if we can find videos of previous parades


Who else remembers waking up early in the morning to watch the Merdeka Day parade every year, either at Dataran Merdeka or on the television as a child before laziness and cynicism crept into our souls? 

It was probably the highlight of the celebration for many of us, watching colourfully dressed people marching and performing in front of the crowd. 

This year, however, there's not going to be any parades, so Merdeka Day is definitely going to be a lot duller. 

No thanks to COVID-19

The reason for the cancellation is, of course, the pandemic that has pretty much taken the lives and joy of many. 

Senior Minsiter Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, during a press conference, confirmed that there will be no Merdeka Day parade this year, but other activities that do not involve large crowd will still be held. 

"So far, no marches. Because, if we look at it, it involves large gathering. I think in the thousands. 

"There will be no social distancing not only among the participants, but also those invited to watch. It may be easy to control the VVIP and special areas but it'll be hard to control the public," he said, answering a question by a reporter. 

Crowd control would be next to impossible
He said that Merdeka Day celebrations is not just about the parade but also involves other programmes as well.

Only events that involves a crowd is stopped for now, he clarified. 

“Several of these programmes will take place leading up to August 31, and some after that. Any further changes to the details will be announced.

“Should the ministerial meeting decide to hold other programmes, they too will be announced once the relevant standard operating procedures have been tabled and finalised,”he said.  

The announcement, although unwelcome, is not entirely unexpected. 

What will you be doing to celebrate Merdeka this year? Sleeping in, perhaps?

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