Although official countdown parties were not held due to Hari Raya Aidiladha, tens of thousands of Malaysians ushered in the New Year on a boisterous note at various venues here and in Petaling Jaya.
KLCC was packed with thousands of people, including foreign workers, despite there not being any party or concert organised. At midnight, they were treated to a grand six-minute fireworks display.
Nearby Bintang Walk in the Golden Triangle area of the federal capital was packed with tens of thousands of revellers for the New Year street party.
Although Dataran Merdeka, where an official countdown event would normally be held, was dark and silent, around 1,000 people – families as well as young people – milled around on the field.
They did not leave until after the clock at the Sultan Abdul Samad Building’s clock tower had chimed 12 times.
A magnificent 15-minute pyrotechnic show took place at Genting Highlands, where revellers were waiting to greet the New Year.
In the early part of the evening, the crowd was treated to cultural shows, dances and a concert by local Canto pop band Midnight Riders.
Roads in the vicinity of The Curve in Mutiara Damansara in Petaling Jaya were closed to traffic for a street party attended by a large crowd.
At nearby Bandar Utama, thousands were entertained by Australian boy band North, Taiwanese singer Jenie Chuo, Singaporean Apple Hong and others. The event started as early as 6.30pm.
At the stroke of midnight, a splendid 10-minute display of fireworks lit the sky.
In Penang, thousands thronged Gurney Drive to witness the release of balloons after the midnight countdown.
The celebrations kicked off at noon with crowds visiting game booths and picking up freebies. There was also a food fair, concerts and other activities.