PETALING JAYA: The surge of local movies over the last decade and more international film screenings have increasingly become the glue that binds Malaysians together, says Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) chief executive officer Koh Mei Lee.
“Movies are a great influencer.
“At the cinema, everyone is watching the same movie and enjoying it together, even though they leave the cinema with different lessons and feelings,” she said.
She singled out last year’s Ola Bola, the hit movie that got Malaysians cheering together, to illustrate her point. Set in 1980, Ola Bola is an inspirational take on the national football team training to qualify for the Olympics.
“We could see how proud everyone was to be Malaysian and they were urging each other to tell more people to watch it,” said Koh.
She observed that when people watch a local film, be it in Chinese or Malay, language does not matter.
“What truly matters are the stories we see and the lessons to which we can relate,” she added.
Having taken part in the #AnakAnakMalaysia Walk last year, Koh said she is looking forward to taking on the 5km route this year alongside her team from GSC.
“Last year’s walk was uplifting. It was so nice to see many Malaysians mixing with people from all walks of life,” she said.
“I am actually hoping that there will be an expanded #AnakAnakMalaysia marathon someday for runners like me,” she chuckled.
#AnakAnakMalaysia Walk 2017 will be held at Dataran Kemerdekaan Shah Alam on Aug 27.
The registration fee is RM80 for families (two adults plus two children), RM40 for an adult (18 years and above), and RM15 for a child (seven to 17 years).
Registration for this year’s walk can be done at http://sites.thestar. com.my/aamwalk/.
#AnakAnakMalaysia Walk is organised by Star Media Group, in collaboration with Eco World Development Group Bhd.
Other sponsors for the event include Proton (car sponsor) and Panasonic (silver sponsor).
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