Celebration to share one spirit


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  • Tuesday, 26 Sep 2006

christinalow@thestar.com.my 

LAST weekend was Malaysia Day, the day when Sabah and Sarawak joined the peninsula to form Malaysia in 1963. 

To commemorate this special day, Zubedy managing director Anas Zubedy together with the Zubedyans decided to celebrate it with the theme “Many Hearts One Spirit”. 

“Sept 16 is our company’s big day. We tie our corporate branding to something larger, to unity, and National Day is a day of unity,” said Anas 

Smells of essential oils filled the air while soft lights and sarees draped the ceilings and flickering lights greeted guests.  

The Akar Umbi group performing a healing rhythm using bamboo flutes and other percussion intruments.

A kacang putih man was spotted near the entrance serving guests different types of nuts wrapped in little paper cones.  

Besides games from yesteryear, a demonstration on how one can spread love via a simple hand massage was also held.  

Aroma therapist Susan Kwok showed the guests how easy it is to give and receive love through a simple hand massage.  

Kwok said the hand massage is a good way to bond with family members and loved ones. 

Not only did the guests play traditional games like five stones or batu seremban but also congkak with marbles and learnt the art of weaving a mat.  

Many present had long forgotten such symbolic games as it was only played back in their school days. 

Khoo Pei Pei together with Falk-Samuel Adam were seen trying very hard to keep their balance with the batu seremban game.  

“It is not as easy as it looks,” laughed the German who came with his friends for the event. 

A shared prayer session for five different religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Sikhism – was held to understand each religion.  

Junaidah Griffiths Abdullah and Krystle Limenjoying a game of batu seremban.

Guests had a chance to see how each prayer was conducted. 

Malaysian Interfaith Network deputy president Datuk Dr Ismail Noor recited a poem titled Unity

“Zubedy’s core purpose is to add value through uniting people towards a common goal,” said Anas, who feels that the country’s history is unique and something to be proud of. 

The morning continued with a performance by Akar Umbi where they rendered lagu ubat (healing songs) with bamboo flutes and percussion instruments.  

Finger food such as ice cream and various types of potatoes were also served to guests. 

“With the shared prayer session, one will be able to understand why we have many hearts but we share one spirit,” said Anas, who started the training and development organisation 12 years ago.  

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