KUALA LUMPUR: The National Day celebration this year will be scaled down as it falls during the fasting month, said Information, Communications, and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.
“We shall (NOT We will) still do the parade and street run, but on a lesser scale,” he said here after attending a dialogue session with cultural non-governmental organisations yesterday.
These NGOs, he said, would be given special prominence during the celebration as “they play an important role and contribution in the development of 1Malaysia.”
Hari Raya Aidilfitri is expected to fall on Sept 20 and 21 after a month of fasting.
Dr Rais said that adequate consideration had to be given to those who were fasting, including volunteers, schoolchildren, and musicians involved.
He said the theme and scope of the celebration would be decided at a meeting at the end of the month.
On religious programmes during the Merdeka month, Dr Rais said only those that people wanted would be implemented, adding that they would public feedback on various programmes.
Dr Rais also said that they [ministry] would work with all TV stations to ensure that the two-minute character-building clips were aired after prime time, as previously.
“The policy has been distributed to all broadcasting companies in the country, ” he said.
The clips, he added, were beneficial to society, and would help foster unity and harmony.
Earlier during the dialogue session, Dr Rais called on representatives of the more than 100 cultural NGOs present to inculcate 1Malaysia values in their films, music, and productions.
He also suggested that associations merged to increase efficiency.
Dr Rais urged TV and radio stations to play their part in ensuring that local programmes and productions received fair air play.
[Source : The Star Online ]