KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Family groups intending to attend the 2022 Malaysia Day celebration at the Independence Declaration Memorial Square in Banda Hilir, Melaka, are encouraged to dress in their traditional costume or the fashion of the 1950s and 60s.

Communications and Multimedia Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Mohammad Mentek said this was to celebrate the diversity and unity of Malaysia’s multi-racial society, as well as to evoke the historic moment when the country became an independent nation.

“It’s where we can see the racial diversity, but despite the diversity, there is unity, reflecting the aspirations of the Malaysian Family, namely togetherness, inclusiveness and gratitude.

“This shows that the Malaysian Family of various races and religions can be together in one platform which is the Malaysia Day Celebration,” he said when interviewed on RTM’s Selamat Pagi Malaysia programme yesterday.

He said various programmes would be held to celebrate the occasion, including performances by local artistes such as Datuk Jamal Abdillah, Ernie Zakri and Jimmy Palikat, Bernama reported.

There would also be a diorama of the moments when then Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj announced to the nation that Malaya would become an independent country.

Mohammad, who is also chairman of the Technical Committee for the 2022 National Day and Malaysia Day 2022 celebrations, said preparations for the Sept 16 celebration were now almost 80% complete.

“We pray the weather will be fine and the event goes smoothly … I am inviting the public, not only those in Melaka, but from surrounding states such as Johor and Negri Sembilan to come,” he said.