So, at 8.45 p.m, I was at somewhere in the courthouse, taking a bus to town and walking all the way from Central Market to there. And here I am, at the field of Merdeka Square.
The celebration only kicked off at 11.30 p.m., but everyone was there, trying to get the best seats in the house. You've got the Federal Reserve Units, cops, and even St. John Medics all over the place. But the roads leading to the square was sealed off. What was the turnover of people swarming into places like maggots? 200 thousand!
Yeah, you've got the Ministers coming in, the international dignitaries coming in and a lot of celebrities there. Hey, even our lovable MC, Mahadzir Lokman, a guy whom I idolized during his TV3 days was the one and definite choice to host the show.
The Son-In-Law was there to hoist the flag, reenacting the event where the British flag was lowered and the Malaysian flag raised up. There are even shouts of Merdeka by AAB.
I just went straight away to take a lot of pictures from start to finish. But that fella Rais was saying no photo taking when the anthem was played. Anyhow, I don't have space to move around for I am getting sandwiched by a big bunch of tampis in front of me but behind the barricade.
Oh, well, the rest of the photos are at my Flickr gallery.
But I felt something was missing from the actual spirit of Merdeka celebration. Seriously.