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.
“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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.