A new Guinness World Record was made on National Day when 613 selfies were taken in an hour.
The previous record of 421 selfies taken in an hour was made by Canadian actress, Melinda Shankar in 2013 on Canada Day, July 1.
Despite the scorching weather, more than 700 participants waited in line in the attempt to break the record. The event was organised by the Malaysian Foundation for Innovation (YIM) — an agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI).
The line snaked all the way from the Coliseum Theatre until the Sogo mall in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.
Some participants were spotted taking selfies with their selfie monopod as they stood in the queue.
As the clock started, one by one the participants stepped up to the stage for a selfie with Hazwan Noor.
The 20-year-old student of Polytechnic Merlimau Melaka volunteered to be the “Selfie Guy”, taking photos with as many participants as possible within the hour.
Hazwan, who is also an intern at YIM, was seen smiling non-stop as he snapped picture after picture with participants using his mobile phone.
“It was such a fun experience for me, especially when taking photos with people whom I’ve never met before in my life.
“I’m proud to be part of this record-breaking attempt as it will definitely place Malaysia in a more positive light internationally,” he said.
“This is also an innovative public engagement exercise to align Malaysians and help expose them to the message of unity,” said YIM’s chief executive officer Muhammad Aziph Mustapha.
Muhammad Aziph added that the idea of breaking this record came about when he read about the Guinness World Record in an in-flight magazine.
“I said to myself, why not? I believe Malaysians can take more than 400 selfies in an hour,” he said.
They managed to take about ten selfies per minute.
All selfies taken during the event were judged by three lecturers in photography, two from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) and one from the Multimedia University Cyberjaya (MMU).
“Since they are professional photographers they would be able to judge and give us the unofficial result and record.
“The official record from Guinness World Records will only be tallied and announced in three to four weeks,” he said.