A CROWD of 800 people from all walks of life gathered in celebration of national unity, harmony and diversity.
It was a positive atmosphere for those who attended the early Malaysia Day celebration at The Top@Komtar in Penang recently.
Organised by citizens’ initiative Malaysians for Malaysia, the high-tea event saw people of different races coming together.
Guest speaker Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir said that the sheer support for the group and its cause was amazing.
“About four years ago, we can see Malaysians being divided, particularly by race and religion.
“That’s when a group of us decided to do activities like organising walks and picnics.
“We would post in Facebook and invite whoever that wants to join us,” she said, adding that the initiative was later carried out in other states as well.
She said that the group also played a role in setting up the memorial booth at Pavilion in Kuala Lumpur for those on the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and for the crew members and passengers of MH370.
“Since then, we had other projects such as Puasa4Malaysia, which saw Muslims and non-Muslims buka puasa together,” she said in her opening speech.
She said that the group had celebrated National Day in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 31.
This is followed by the Malaysia Day celebration, first held in Penang, followed by Johor and Ipoh.
“We have so much to be grateful for this year. The change of government was not just a historic moment for Malaysia but also for the world.
“It was a change of government without a single shed of blood,” she said, adding that we should never take our nation’s peace and harmony for granted.
Malaysians for Malaysia Penang representative Jenny Liew said that they had three weeks to organise the event.
“We sent out the invitations through WhatsApp and received positive response from public,” she said.
The event saw sharing sessions, stage performance, cake cutting ceremony, video screening and choral speaking by the Methodist Girls’ School students.
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