GEORGE TOWN- More than 20,000 people turned up for the Penang Starwalk, with many attired in the colours of the Jalur Gemilang to mark Malaysia Day.
Hotel housekeeper Zamduka Mat Kamis and three family members wore their custom-made costumes with the occasion in mind.
"We want to show our love for the nation as Malaysia Day is on Tuesday.
"This is the best platform to spread patriotism as the walk involves people of all races. We are 1Malaysia," said the 37-year-old participant, who came with wife Rozita Rahim, 30, son Muhd Akif, four, and year-old daughter Balqis Zulaikha.
They came to enjoy the morning breeze and be part of the biggest recreational event that was flagged off by Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas at the Penang Times Square at 7am yesterday.
Another patriotic walker was Foo Chuat Meng, 55, who waved the Jalur Gemilang throughout the 7km walk.
The SMK Haji Zainul Abidin teacher, who came with about 100 students, received lots of cheer and support from other walkers all the way to the finishing line.
"Hopefully, my act will instil patriotism in the students. Besides that, the event helps us to know our precious heritage sites better," he said.
For some, even being in a wheelchair was not an obstacle to taking part in the annual affair.
Christopher Chuah, 21, was pushed in a wheelchair by his girlfriend, Chuah Zi Zuin, 19, throughout the 7km stroll around the heritage enclave.
He injured his right leg in an accident in April and is temporarily wheelchair-bound. "We just wanted to have fun. It is like sightseeing for us," he said.
Due to the large number of participants, it took more than 20 minutes for all the walkers to reach the starting line.