Walk a message of unity

Marching on: Despite the downpour, Malaysians continued their walk.

WHILE many would prefer to be at home or lazing in bed on a rainy day, hundreds of Malaysians gathered at Dataran Petaling Jaya to celebrate the Malaysian unity at the Muhibah Walk 2015 while also doing their bit to help east coast flood victims.

With the theme “Faces Without Races,” the recent walk was organised by the movement, a youth wing under the non-governmental organisation, Vision 2 Transform.

Speaking at the launch of the event, project manager Janell Bani said the walk was their visionary way to unite Malaysians of all races.

“It is also in line with Malaysia’s vision to create a harmonious and united country.

“It is so nice to see thousands of Malaysians from all walks of life, young and old, sharing the same vision and that is for Malaysia to be a nation that looks past race and religion, and one that firmly embraces unity,” she said.

Joining in the event were newspaper columnist Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir and former Malaysian Bar Council president Datuk Ambiga Sreenivasan.

The crowd was treated to performances by Malaysian bands such as Altimet, Manifesto, Evelyn Feroza and band, and Stomp the Rhythm.

‘Faces without races’: Some of the participants showing the message of unity.
‘Faces without races’: Some of the participants showing the message of unity.

Children were kept entertained by clowns and activities such as bouncy castles and face painting.

Elaborating on the “one bottle, one participant” charity drive for the flood victims in the east coast, Bani said nearly 7,000 bottles of mineral water bottles were donated alongside two boxes of canned food, biscuits and noodles.

“The response we received from the public was overwhelming. Malaysians are very generous.

“Aside from the collection drive, participants were also encouraged to volunteer to help in the cleaning and rebuilding of homes that were destroyed in the floods.

“We are still accepting volunteers and once we finalise the number, the team will head to Kelantan to help with the rebuilding work and distribution of food and water,” added Bani.

Vision 2 Transform vice-president Cyrus Gomez emphasised that the event was non-religious and non-political.

“The colour of our skin may be different, but the colour of our hearts is the same.

“We want to build a nation that looks past race and one that firmly believes in celebrating the unity that we share,” he said.

Those keen to volunteer or contribute food and water, can contact the team via email at muhibahwalk@gmail.com

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