Today, 15th of May 2006 is the National Youth Day (Hari Belia)..
For some reasons, I joined the National Youth Day celebration at Bukit Jalil Indoor Putra Stadium..
The government splashed lots of money to make this event a success..
Offering free bus rides to big organisations in certain areas, and bring them to the event..
As shown on RTM1, 9.30pm, there were lots of people in the indoor stadium..
And also as expected, mostly Malays who join this kind of events..
However, there were still like, 8% of Chinese and 6% of Indians out of the crowd..Not bad huh..
At about 8.15pm I reached the main entrance of the Indoor Putra Stadium, there were not much people..
*Malays everywhere snapping pics*
*The banner, Sambutan Hari & Minggu Belia Negara 2006*
Waited for a while, entered the stadium..So that’s where all the people at..
*Ok..This is just the beginning*
*See the yellow chair behind the crowd.?? There’s where the ministers seated*
*Flags of the states and organisations being swayed left and right*
*Meal was given free..Nasi kandar with a piece of curry chicken*
Ok..Actually I already taken my dinner at home before I went to the event..But hey, I was hungry again..
So I ate a few spoons of rice, the chicken is damn hard to bite..
Well, as expected..You cannot expected the food to be nice when they are serving for few thousands of attendees..
*Yeah..That’s the ministers seats*
All of them enjoyed themselves, with Malaysian artiste Liza Hanim on the stage singing her popular tracks..
Then, In-Team, a nasyid group, took their turn on the stage to entertain the crowd..
After their performances, Shamsul Ghau Ghau together with a girl, hosted the event on the stage..
They kept talking about the motto of the event, “Belia Bina Bangsa, Belia Wawasan, Belia Malaysia”, bla bla bla..I couldn’t listen to what they were saying..
As usual like we were in the school days, we hardly listen to the headmaster / principal / teachers give speech..
When there is a sudden silence or a sudden high tone in the voice *like you are talking in angst*, people will tend to follow the situation, cheered or clapped their hands..
So all I can hear was Shamsul Ghau Ghau shouting the name of the states in the Peninsula, and those people who came from their very own states cheered like hell..
*Now look at the crowd now*
*Mostly Ah-Bengs of the Malay culture*
*Yeah, the stadium was fully packed*
*That’s what i call Belia*
The event was under control and out of control, too..
Under control as in nothing rebellious done by the youth towards the host or ministers…
Out of control, as in the youth were rebellious in a particular way, throwing paper planes and glowing sticks from the seats to the crowd down below..
Then there were karaoke of Allaryaham Sudirman‘s song, Hoore Hoore..Most of the Malays were hysterically singing and dancing to the tune *WTF~*
The stupid thing is, the song was being repeated at least 4 times..Luckily not repetitively played in a row..
At about 9pm, an old Mini Cooper were driven into the stadium with a couples of Vespa escorting it *with Mission Impossible theme*..
At 9.10pm, the Prime Minister, Pak Lah with his sidekicks, the ministers, arrived with ‘paluan kompang’..
A routine for Malays when there is big thing..i.e wedding, ceremony, etc etc..
Then the national anthem, ‘Negaraku‘ was played on the PA system to kick off the event, followed by prayers for the Muslims..
At about 9.25pm, Pak Lah gave his speech about the motto, “Belia Bina Bangsa, Belia Wawasan, Belia Malaysia”..
I couldn’t hear a single word from him, blame the lousy PA sound system..
Ok..Perhaps because I’m seated next to stage and was afar from the stage.??
Yet, people still cheered and clapped their hands at certain moments in his speech..I guess they knew the procedure in attending events..
Low-tone, keep quiet..Hi-tone, clap hands..Hi-tone and pause for a moment, cheer and clap hands..Yeah, you got that right..
If I’m not mistaken, Pak Lah showed a WTF-face expression when the crowd cheered to his thoughtful speech..
He must be wondering, how the hell the crowd could listen to him and cheered for him, when he himself couldn’t listen to his voice clearly from the PA system..Hahaha..
So I just acted non-chalant about his speech and play with my mobile phone’s games..
At about 9.50pm, the speech ended..And I proceeded to walk out of the stadium, albeit performances still running on, and headed back home to blog about the event..