TUNKU Abdul Rahman once said: “Our future depends on how well many different kinds of people can live and work together.”
Inspired by the first prime minister’s words, Projek57 founders Syed Sadiq Albar and Collin Swee led the Projek57 Unity Ride in hopes of spurring conversations about the need for greater unity among Malaysians.
Flagging off the ride at the Sultan Abdul Samad building clock tower in front of the Dataran Merdeka were former home minister Tan Sri Syed Hamid Syed Jaafar Albar and Eco World Development Group Bhd executive director Liew Tian Xiong
The ride kicked off after the raising of the Jalur Gemilang and singing of Negaraku at 9am.
(Front, from left) Projek57 founders Syed Sadiq and Swee leading the Projek57 Unity Ride, heading from Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, to IOI City Mall Putrajaya as the first pit stop. — Photos: LOW BOON TAT/The Star
Comprising close to 50 like-minded celebrities, partners and social influencers, the cyclists rode 57km to the first pit stop, IOI City Mall, Putrajaya, where a unity-themed community event was held in conjunction with the launch of the Touch ‘n Go Cares Card at The Symphony Walk.
Syed Sadiq and Swee expressed their gratitude to those who came to support the event and the partners who are just as passionate in building unity and hope in Malaysia.
“It is heartening to see so many Malaysians of all ages and races joining hands as we rise above the negative vibes and focus on what is positive, wonderful, and beautiful about Malaysia.
“This truly represents what being Malaysian is all about. Let us celebrate the rich diversity that has made us this colourful nation we call tanah air.”
Projek57 Unity Ride cyclists will travel throughout Malaysia until Sept 16.
Projek57 Unity Ride being flagged off by Syed Hamid (holding Jalur Gemilang) and Liew (right) at Dataran Merdeka.
The cyclists aim to unearth the stories of hope, unity, bonds and relationships forged among Malaysians.
As part of the ride, they will visit both small towns and villages as well as cities, with pit stops to engage youths from universities and schools in activities to promote unity or participate in community events.
Supporting this initiative, Allianz Malaysia Bhd chief executive officer Zakri Khir said: “We need to rediscover the aspirations and ideals of our forefathers as they envisioned Malaysia in 1957 and reignite this spirit.”
He said Allianz and Projek57 share the same sentiments to create a strong, united community.
Projek57 also aims to offer orang asli youth training to build their communication skills and confidence.
For details, visit www.projek57.com, www.unityride.com.my, unityride.my or the Projek57 Facebook and Instagram page