In Merdeka mood

Some 5,000 national flags will be distributed by the Ipoh City Council in conjunction with the up-coming Merdeka celebrations.

The council also held ceremony to mark the run-up of festivities.

Ipoh Mayor Dato Rumaizi Baharin was on hand to inspect a guard-of-honour at the council premises.

Also present were heads of departments along with some 1,000 council employees joined in the event.

The enforcement unit of the council performed a march past while the flag raising ceremony was the highlight.

The council has also issued 6,000 reminders to business premises to fly the national flag. Homes and private establishments are also encouraged to fly the national flag.

It is hoped that the Merdeka will be celebrated with much enthusiasm and gusto.