PETALING JAYA: Malaysians of various backgrounds, religions and races have been invited to fast for one day to promote peace and unity for the country on July 3.
The annual #Puasa4Malaysia idea was mooted in a bid to have as many people from various faiths, ethnicity and backgrounds to fast together for one day, organised by Malaysians for Malaysia, which is led by social activist Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir.
“Besides promoting unity among the people of Malaysia, let’s also do this in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters who are observing Ramadan.
“In the past we have found that the campaign creates empathy on both sides; for non-Muslims to understand what it feels like to fast during Ramadan and for Muslims to appreciate non-Muslims who try fasting even if they don’t have to.
“Jomlah! Stay hungry and thirsty for one day only!
“Regardless whether you are in Malaysia or overseas, let us sahur together (5am)!, fast, and break fast (7.30pm) this coming Friday,” said Malaysians for Malaysia in a statement on its Facebook account.
The #Fast4Malaysia campaign started on Malaysia Day in 2009 when a group of individuals mooted the idea of urging Malaysians of all races and religions to experience fasting for a day to promote unity and peace.
It was also organised at a time when racial sentiments were running high. Each year, the event attracted celebrities and the public to share their fasting experience online.
Similar to each year’s campaign, participants are urged to upload the pictures of their fasting experience, break fast and sahur with the hashtag #Puasa4Malaysia, which will be picked up by the organisers and compiled on another website at fast4malaysia.tumblr.com.
Past years’ event had attracted prominent names such as Miss World Malaysia 2009/2010 Thanuja Ananthan, blogger Niki Cheong, celebrity Daphne Iking, and Serdang MP Dr Ong Kian Ming.