BEIJING: Birthday greetings and messages are flying home from Malaysians here, wishing the country a happy National Day.
Taking part in the #AnakAnak Malaysia 2018 campaign, they waved the Jalur Gemilang to showcase their pride as Malaysians.
A safer Malaysia, zero corruption and stable economic growth are among their wishes in seeing the nation progress for a better tomorrow.
At just 10, Ryan Looi has taken up an “ambassador’s” responsibility of introducing Malaysia to his teachers and friends at an international school in Beijing.
“I told them where Malaysia is and shared with them everything I know about my country,” said the boy, who left Malaysia with his parents when he was just four.
Ryan visits Malaysia only twice a year, but the roti canai fan knows so much about his country that it is as though he never left.
“He is taking Bahasa Malaysia classes here and we constantly remind him that he is a Malaysian,” said Ryan’s father Rodney Looi.
Steven Fock, a chief executive officer of an entertainment company here, has appealed for a safer environment for his family members back home.
He said the high crime rate was one of the main concerns of his family.
“A friend of mine was robbed three times at his home. He became scared and moved into an apartment with high security.
“Not everyone can afford to do this,” said Fock, adding that reducing the crime rate would also instil confidence among investors.
Lim Yeh Jun, who has just completed his master’s degree in chemistry biology, hopes to see more efforts in the field of research and development.
“This is the capital of a rich and strong country.
“We do not have to rely on others if we have our own creations and products,” he said.