PUTRAJAYA: The full rehearsal for the Trooping of the Colours ceremony in conjunction with the official birthday celebration of Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V at Dataran Pahlawan Negara, Precint 1 here yesterday went smoothly.
A total of 28 officers and 550 personnel of other ranks of the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF), led by the Royal Malay Regiment 1st Battalion’s commanding officer Lt Col Mohd Radzi Othman took part in the the rehearsal and will also do so in the actual ceremony tomorrow.
Also present was Army chief Gen Datuk Seri Ahmad Hasbullah Mohd Nawawi.
Among the highlights of the ceremony are a 21-gun salute by the 41st Battery of the Royal Artillery Regiment and a flypast overhead by five MAF helicopters bearing the Jalur Gemilang, ATM, Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) and Army flags.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is also expected to attend the ceremony.
The Trooping of the Colours is a demonstration of respect, honour and ceremonial pledge of allegiance by the three services of the armed forces to the king and the country. — Bernama