KIND Malaysia 2021 Virtual shows that it is possible to get private corporations and community groups to form meaningful connections to positively impact society.
This year’s theme “Time To Be Kind” is meant to highlight the important work done by non-governmental organisations (NGO) for private and public sectors.
More than 30 exhibitors registered for the three-day virtual event ending on Sept 9, where they promoted their causes and interested parties were able to form partnerships to help make a difference in the country.
There were two panel discussions and four seminars featuring individuals at the forefront of innovative community initiatives who shared their views and experiences during the sessions.
The opening panel discussed a topic entitled “Humanity During Hard Times”. It featured Ecoworld Foundation chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, Selangor police’s criminal investigation department chief SAC Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal and The Hope Branch co-founder Harith Iskander.
Moderated by Star Media Group adviser Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai, they discussed the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on various NGOs’ revenue streams and the challenges arising from the pandemic, including the need to focus on mental health and forms of aid that comprised more than just rations.
Also in focus were crimes committed out of desperation and the role of the police on balancing enforcement of the law with compassion in times of hardship.
The 90-minute discussion also touched on the White Flag movement, to which Harith said, “The momentum from the public on social media may have died down but the needs of the people have not. It is in fact rising”.
He added that it was far better to ask the question “How can I help?” instead of focusing on “Whose fault is this?”.
The second panel discussion titled “Corporate Roles During Crisis” on day two was moderated by Kind Malaysia advisory board member Datuk Teo Yen Hua, and included Community Policing Malaysia founder Kuan Chee Heng.
Other participants included Bumiati Holdings Sdn Bhd founder and chairman Datuk Dr M. Gandhi, ShareAngel co-founder Dr Angie Lee Hooi Chie and Ranhill SAJ Sdn Bhd administration division head Azmi Mahmood.
The event was launched by International Trade and Industry Ministry secretary-general Datuk Lokman Hakim Ali, who commended the efforts of the organisers in bringing companies, organisations and individuals together to spread kindness.
“Since its inception in 2018, Kind Malaysia has demonstrated, time and again, a resolute commitment in creating and empowering successful partnerships between corporate bodies, philanthropists and non-profit organisations towards a journey of kindness.
“The determination with which Kind Malaysia pursues its mission is a source of inspiration to all of us, more so now than ever before.”
Kind Malaysia chairman Tan Sri Asmat Kamaludin said strong, healthy and resilient communities depended on a culture of empathy, where people were invested in relationships with others and had a common goal of uplifting their fellow men.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated that we cannot work in silos if we are to overcome big challenges.
“Collaboration is key if we are to address the most pressing and complex socio-economic crisis faced by our communities today.
“This spirit of working together was the genesis of Kind Malaysia in the first place where we began in 2018 with the humble goal of bringing together like-minded Malaysians doing good from all sectors of society, from corporations and philanthropic foundations to civil society, to share their expertise, observations and perspectives.
“By having a diverse range of views from different backgrounds all in one place, we can galvanise the power of the collective to create innovation and change, with each person bringing their own unique strengths and resources to current issues,” said Asmat.
Kind Malaysia 2021 Virtual was organised by Bumiati Holdings Sdn Bhd, DSA Exhibition and Conference Sdn Bhd, Informa Markets Malaysia and Swippy Sdn Bhd with The Star as a media partner.