BEING heavily pregnant was no deterrent for Shafiah Mohamed Sharifudeen as she joined a group of loving Malaysians for the Anak- Anak Malaysia Walk 2016.
The 3.4km journey covered Pengkalan Weld, Lebuh Light, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling (commonly known as Harmony Street because of its four ancient houses of worship, ancestral halls and shrines), Lebuh Acheh, Gat Lebuh Acheh, Lebuh Victoria, Gat Lebuh Melayu, Pengkalan Weld and back to Bangunan U.A.B. in Gat Lebuh China.
The 34-year-old who is eight months pregnant said it was a proud day to drive home the message of patriotism.
“We are proud of Malaysia. It is a message my husband and I will be proud to tell our children,” she said yesterday.
Her husband Mohamed Rizwan Abdul Ghafoor Khan, 33, said each step would contribute towards the development of a peaceful Malaysia.
“We walked in a big group along Harmony Street. It was an inspirational sight,” said Rizwan yesterday, who is also the Indian Muslim Community Organisation Malaysia president.
They were among some 150 participants who joined the event which kicked off from the Khazanah Nasional Berhad office in Gat Lebuh China.
Rather than racing against time, participants sang Negara Ku and proudly held aloft the Jalur Gemilang.
Among the early birds were Jamsiah Hamzah, 46, and her daughter Siti Nurwahidah Rosdi, 22, who brought along their pet cat for the fun walk.
“We were here just to spend some time with the family, but the atmosphere was like a Merdeka celebration. Patriotic spirit was in the air,” said Jamsiah.
Year Two pupil S. Thanusri, from SK Convent Green Lane, said she really enjoyed the walk.
“It was not difficult since I like running. We do it in a big group which makes it more fun,” the avid hiker said.
The colours of Malaysia were evident during the event as five people including landscape architect Teng Pe Yang, 36, student Muhammad Zayd Azman, 18, and three Gleneagles Penang Medical Centre colleagues Nur Hayati Masrupi, 23, S. Krutiga, 23, and V. Thaneswari, 29, painted the Jalur Gemilang colours on their cheeks.
Think City Penang chairman Datuk Dr Anwar Fazal, when met after the walk, praised the event.
“To do it in George Town, where you can see the wonders of the diversity of the different religions, cultures and architecture styles, and the very vibrant street life of hawkers, traders, and people walking and cycling, is actually magnificent,” he said, adding that the walk was a good way to celebrate the country’s harmony and unity.
Khazanah Nasional Bhd managing director Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar said the company was honoured and pleased to co-host the walk with Star Media Group, EcoWorld and other partners.
“First of all, congrats to The Star for coming up with this idea. I’d wanted to go to KL to participate, so it’s wonderful that we are able to do this spontaneously. You can see thespirit.
“For us, if we cannot be there physically, we must be there in spirit to show solidarity for unity, harmony and tolerance,” he said.
Azman said Khazanah Nasional is a national institution that believes in these values.
“It’s about teamwork, mutual respect and of course, about integrity, diligence and professionalism.
“These values are in line with the values that this walk represent,” he added.
He was accompanied by Star Media Group specialist editor M. Shanmugam and Think City executive director Hamdan Abdul Majeed.
Also present at the walk were Star Media Group’s regional operations general manager (north) Simone Liong, news editor (regional) K. Suthakar and audience management senior manager (north) Oun Sui Leng.
Meena Raman, the legal advisor of the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) was also present.
#AnakAnakMalaysia Walk is organised by Star Media Group in collaboration with EcoWorld.
Other sponsors for the event include Car Sponsor: Proton, Gold Sponsor: Panasonic and Silver Sponsors: Tenaga Nasional and YES.