Written By: Wong Pek Mei and Emily K 18/8/15
With National Day and Malaysia Day around the corner, it is time for us to take a step back, reflect and remind ourselves of what it truly means to be Malaysian.
In celebration of Malaysia’s 58th year of independence and the nation’s unity, property developer EcoWorld Development Group Bhd and the Star Media Group Bhd (formerly known as Star Publications (M) Bhd) launched the #AnakAnakMalaysia campaign.
The campaign is also to encourage and foster the spirit of patriotism among Malaysians.
It was launched by Star Media Group Bhd chairman Datuk Fu Ah Kiow and EcoWorld Development Group Bhd chairman Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin yesterday at the EcoWorld International Centre in Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur.
In his opening address, Fu said Malaysians should not allow different views and opinions to cloud what it meant to be a Malaysian.
“As a diversified nation, it is inevitable there will be challenges and hiccups along the way. However, amidst all the negativity, we need to remind ourselves of what our ancestors had practised – acceptance and harmony – and look beyond racial and cultural barriers that make us unique as Malaysians,” Fu said.
He added that moderation was not only ideal but was also the way of life that must be practised in our diversified nation.
“Despite our differences, a middle path must be adopted and being moderate is the key in keeping our nation united as one,” said Fu, adding that the initiative was an extension of Star Media Group’s efforts for a moderate nation.
The event began on a patriotic note with pupils from SJK(C) St Teresa Brickfields singing the national anthem.
They later had a fun photograph session with some influential and prolific local personalities while showing off special #AnakAnakMalaysia wristbands that they wore.
Other personalities attending the event were Star Media Group Bhd group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai, fashion designer Datuk Jimmy Choo, comedian Harith Iskander, national squash players Low Wee Wern and Mohd Azlan Iskandar, singer-songwriter Reshmonu, Star Online editor Philip Golingai, Star Radio Group chief operating officer Kudsia Kahar, 988 radio deejay Chan Fong, scientist Dr Lyana Khairuddin, entrepreneur Anas Zubedy, martial arts exponent Ann Osman, and Thriving Talents founder-strategist and director Michael Teoh Su Lim.
In his speech, Liew said he believed the country’s diversity gave the nation power.
“We live in a multiracial, multicultural and multireligious country. If we walk together as a team, our common values will break all grounds. So let’s embrace our uniqueness and move ahead together,” he said.
To promote the movement, the #AnakAnakMalaysia wristbands will be distributed nationwide with a copy of The Star newspaper to encourage readers to creatively express their nationalism.
Malaysians are encouraged to hashtag #AnakAnakMalaysia with their photos, which will be housed as a collage in www.anakanakmalaysia.com
Facebook users can spread the spirit of patriotism via social media by inserting a digital band of “AnakAnak Malaysia” on their Facebook profile pictures. The band can be obtained at the same website.
The campaign runs from today to Sept 16. Radio cruisers from RedFM, Suria FM and 988 FM will also distribute the wristbands and spread the Merdeka cheer during their stops.
For details, visit www.anakanakmalaysia.com