You shower to the tune of the town of the national anthem singing along whilst rhythmically chanting the words. A cup of joe accompanied by the Monday paper headlined” Merdeka” came right after. You stare at the parchment, with a twinge of pride and can’t help but smile to yourself, thinking “what a blessed day”. You move to the couch, the smell of old oak always helped you remember what it was like growing up in your parent’s home. It was a small house but vibrant with nostalgic colour.
You own a fairly big flat screen, and the minute the noise of static ended, as you switched it on, the booming of thousands of voices filled the room. Yes, it was the Merdeka Parade. As a child, you didn’t like going to the parade. It was always something, there were too many people, it was too loud, but at the bedrock of it all was pure ignorance. You hadn’t the slightest notion as to what all the commotion was about. Looking back now you start to reminisce all the times you decide to stay home instead of attending this celebration of independence.
But you're older now, you should go to the parade, be part of the workforce that drives this nation’s pride. It didn’t matter what the reason was, you’re going to that parade. The Hari Merdeka Parade (Independence Day Parade) is an annual parade held every 31 August in commemoration of Malaysia's independence. Since independence, the event has been usually held at Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur in commemoration of it being the original site of the first independence parade, which was held on 1 September 1957.
The Casio clock you’ve owned since the 2000’s read 7.30, at 8:00 in the morning, HM the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and HM the Raja Permaisuri Agong arrive at the venue, accompanied by a Royal Procession by members of the Royal Malaysian Police and the Mounted Ceremonial Squadron, RAC. The Guard of Honor Company, now at attention, renders a Royal Salute to the Sovereigns (in light of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong's responsibilities as Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces), the unit Colors of the GOH battalion (Sovereign's and Regimental) are dipped and the National Anthem, Negaraku, is played by the military band. You were going to that parade, short notice or not. After this, the GOH does shoulder and then order arms. The GOH commander then salutes his sword and then reports to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong that the GOH is ready for inspection.
You breathed a sigh of relieving upon returning home. You freshened up and took the load off on the couch, thinking to yourself, “what a day”.