PETALING JAYA: Rising local artiste Nabila Razali (pic) believes that common interests can bring people closer regardless of race and religion.
The 25-year-old lead actress of drama series Hikayat Cinta Si Pematah Hati said when people of different backgrounds got together and learned to enjoy each other’s company, this would lead to national unity.
“Especially for a multi-racial country like Malaysia, we need to learn tolerance and acceptance but this can only be done through understanding one another.
“What better way than to have activities that bring people together?” she said.
Nabila is among the many local artistes supporting Ride For Malaysia, a cycling event organised by Star Media Group and rising property developer Sunsuria Bhd for national unity and patriotism.
An avid cyclist in her childhood years, Nabila said people who shared the same passion usually grew close to each other.
“Cycling is an activity liked by many. Some do it for fitness while others do it for leisure. Some may also be bicycle collectors.
“There are many clubs to cater to specific groups (of cyclists). Activities and events organised by these groups can be a good icebreaker for newbies and promote socialising,” she said.
“When people indulge in things that they enjoy, they forget about their differences and create a harmonious environment,” she said.
Nabila shared how she often went cycling with her friends during their childhood years in a hilly place near her home in Selayang.
“All my friends had bicycles too. We would compete with each other and we would sometimes get hurt but it did not matter. All we wanted was to have fun,” she shared.
“Back then, when my parents bought me a bicycle, I thought they just wanted me to go out and play with my friends,” said Nabila.
“But now, I think there was more to it. They wanted me to learn social skills and how to live harmoniously with others. These skills are not formally taught in schools but we can learn them through activities like cycling.”
Ride for Malaysia will flag off at 6.30am on July 30 at Sunsuria City.
For more information and to register, go to sites.thestar.com.my/rideformalaysia.