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Walking together for Malaysia


(From left) Star Media Group chairman Datuk Fu Ah Kiow, Eco World Development Group Bhd chairman Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin and Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari with participants at the AnakAnakMalaysia Walk at Eco Ardence, Shah Alam. — NG KOK LEONG, IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/The Star

(From left) Star Media Group chairman Datuk Fu Ah Kiow, Eco World Development Group Bhd chairman Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin and Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari with participants at the AnakAnakMalaysia Walk at Eco Ardence, Shah Alam. — NG KOK LEONG, IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/The Star

FOR retired Royal Malaysian Air Force Leftenan-General Datuk Sabri Adam, the #AnakAnakMalaysia Walk has come to symbolise unity and camaraderie.

The 61-year-old, who was born on National Day, said he wanted to make this year’s celebration memorable.

Volunteers waving flags to spur on participants during the AnakAnakMalaysia Walk at Eco Ardence.
Volunteers waving flags to spur on participants during the AnakAnakMalaysia Walk at Eco Ardence.

“We wanted to join the crowd to celebrate and it is a great family event as well.

“It is a good initiative to bring Malaysians closer and I think this event will give the younger participants a nationalistic feeling and will encourage them to join more events such as this,” he said.

An energetic performance by the EcoWorld Choir team and EcoWorld Symphony Drummers included a mash-up of ’Anak Malaysia’and ’Jalur Gemilang ’.
An energetic performance by the EcoWorld Choir team and EcoWorld Symphony Drummers included a mash-up of ’Anak Malaysia’and ’Jalur Gemilang ’.

Hailing from Bukit Mahkota, Kajang, Sabri was one of 7,000 participants who came for the unity walk held in Eco Ardence, Shah Alam.

Participating for the second time, training consultant Dason Mark came with his wife and daughter.

Mydin Mohamed Holdings Bhd managing director Datuk Dr Ameer Ali Mydin (left) with his wife and Mydin director Datin Dr Siti Hawa walking with participants.
Mydin Mohamed Holdings Bhd managing director Datuk Dr Ameer Ali Mydin (left) with his wife and Mydin director Datin Dr Siti Hawa walking with participants.

“This event is very good, it brings us all together as a nation especially after we just celebrated our National Day.

“It is good for the nation and people from all races to come together, we are moving forward and it looks so positive for the new Malaysia,” he said.

At Pitstop 2 tagged JomKeHadapan Together, participants walking through the openings of several life-sized heart shape cutouts.
At Pitstop 2 tagged JomKeHadapan Together, participants walking through the openings of several life-sized heart shape cutouts.

“We are positive that there are better hopes in the days ahead, we look forward to do better in this country and work together work as a nation.

“Last year, we couldn’t join the event but this year we made sure we participated in this walk and it is nice to be here,” Dason said.

Uehara (right) serving fresh fruit juice at the company’s booth after the walk. Helping out is Panasonic Malaysia Sdn Bhd marketing innovation department general manager Chew Keng Heng (second from right).
Uehara (right) serving fresh fruit juice at the company’s booth after the walk. Helping out is Panasonic Malaysia Sdn Bhd marketing innovation department general manager Chew Keng Heng (second from right).

Some groups were spotted singing various patriotic songs enthusiastically as the walk progressed while others waved the Jalur Gemilang with fervour.

Parents turned up in high spirits with their children in tow. Some were even dressed for the occasion, reflecting the true spirit of Malaysia.

One such participant was Allan Khoo, 40, from Klang, who brought along 12 of his family and friends to join the walk.

Participants enjoying cold cups of Milo after the walk.
Participants enjoying cold cups of Milo after the walk.

“I think this event is good, everybody can come together and have a healthier life and it is good to see all types of people and all ages come together.

“We need to educate people to grow our national spirit by joining these kind of events,” he said.

Panasonic Malaysia consumer marketing and customer service director Takaaki Uehara said it was exciting to see so many people from all walks of life taking part in the event.

Participants gulping down refreshing 100 Plus energy drinks at a pit stop before continuing the walk.
Participants gulping down refreshing 100 Plus energy drinks at a pit stop before continuing the walk.

“This is my third time joining and each year, it just gets better. We can see that Malaysians want a platform where they can come together and celebrate their diversity,” he said.

It was a spectacular view last Sunday morning as thousands of people gathered in Eco Ardence, Setia Alam just after dawn to take part in the walk, which was flagged off by Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari.

Participants queueing up to get free Massimo bread after the walk.
Participants queueing up to get free Massimo bread after the walk.

Everyone was either smiling or laughing and occasionally taking selfies of themselves or with the participating celebrities.

Spotted were shoe designer Datuk Jimmy Choo, legendary footballers Datuk Santokh Singh and Datuk Soh Chin Aun as well as singer-songwriter Resh.

Just before the flag off, participants sang Negaraku and warmed up with Zumba and aerobics.

After the walk, they were also treated to numerous goodies from various sponsors including Panasonic, Milo and Massimo for hungry participants to enjoy while watching entertaining performances by the Eco World Development Group Bhd team.

Star Media Group Bhd chief revenue officer Lydia Wang (in cap) with the sponsors and lucky draw prize winners at the AnakAnakMalaysia Walk.
Star Media Group Bhd chief revenue officer Lydia Wang (in cap) with the sponsors and lucky draw prize winners at the AnakAnakMalaysia Walk.

A spirited drum performance by the EcoWorld Symphony Drummers kept participants and guests on the edge of their seats while a special choir performance by the EcoWorld Choir team drew thunderous applause from all.

The #AnakAnakMalaysia Walk was organised by Star Media Group Bhd in collaboration with Eco World Development Group Bhd.

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