PETALING JAYA: What makes Malaysia a unique country is the diverse backgrounds and cultures of our fellow countrymen, said Suria FM announcer Halim Othman.
The deejay, who hosts the Ceria Pagi show, describes his experience with his two close friends of different races as enriching.
“I have a best friend of 35 years, who is Chinese, and currently, I am staying with an Indian security guard. It is by hanging out with them that I feel truly Malaysian.
“There are certain things you share with people of your own religion but listening to ideas and thoughts from a friend of a different religion enriches you,” he said in an interview at the office of Star Media Radio Group here.
“This is what being Anak-Anak Malaysia is all about – to be able to share the differences in our culture,” he added.
Halim urged all Malaysians to bring along their friends of different races to walk hand-in-hand at the Anak-Anak Malaysia walk, and celebrate their love for the country.
“This is a chance for us to put everything behind us and walk for the sake of Malaysia. The event also promotes moderation, something that keeps us together as a nation,” he said.
The Anak-Anak Malaysia Walk 2016 – ahead of the National Day celebration – will kick off at the Bukit Bintang City Centre on Aug 14.
The 3.4km walk, starting from the junction of Jalan Imbi and Jalan Pudu at the site of the former Pudu Jail, will be flagged off by Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Seri Mhd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz.
“To be able to mingle with people of different races is a gift in this country that we should embrace wholeheartedly,” Halim said.
#AnakAnakMalaysia Walk is organised by Star Media Group, in collaboration with Ecoworld. Other sponsors for the event include Car Sponsor: Proton, Gold Sponsor: Panasonic and Silver Sponsors: Tenaga Nasional and YES.
Register now at http://sites.thestar.com.my/aamwalk/.
The first 3,000 participants to register will receive a Golden Screen Cinemas movie ticket each.
For details, call 03-7967 1388 (ext 1432/1529/1243, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).