There will be no Merdeka Day parade held this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, other programmes related to the celebration will still go on, under strict standard operating procedures (SOPs).

The Star quoted senior minister (security cluster) Ismail Sabri Yaakob saying the annual parade will not be held as it involves crowds in the thousands.

"Social distancing, especially among the crowd, will be hard to practise. So far, no permission has been given for big celebrations or parades," he was quoted saying.

According to him further, other programmes, such as flying the Jalur Gemilang, will still proceed.

The Multimedia and Communications Minister will also announce other programmes to be held in conjunction with the National Day celebrations, and the SOPs that must be followed.

The government is currently under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) until August 31, where a lot of initially imposed restrictions have been gradually loosened, in light of decreasing COVID-19 cases in the country.

The COVID-19 outbreak has thus far infected 8,677 people in Malaysia, and killed 121.

Globally, the disease has infected more than 12.1 million people and over 552,000 people have died from it.

Source: The Star
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