PETALING JAYA: This Merdeka, all roads lead home as Malaysians abroad follow their hearts back to their tanah air.
Fresh off their weeks-long US road trip, Aaron Gideon, 30 and Sofea Sharizan, 24, made it home in time to celebrate National Day.
To mark the end of their travels, they took a #AnakAnakMalaysia picture together in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Gideon, a member of popular festival funk band Ryot Jones, said he misses Malaysia every time he travels abroad, even if it is just for a little while.
“I have always been and will always be a child of Malaysia. Nothing can come close to home, especially after seeing all the different cultures and homegrown talents our nation can offer – how do you top that?” he added.
As for self-employed globetrotter Sofea, nothing beats the culinary fare back home as Malaysia “hands down” has the best food in the world.
“Also, I’m so proud to see our younger generations showing the courage to stand up for what’s right and make necessary changes for our country to move forward,” she added.
Chevening scholar Akil Yunus, 29, took a breather from his dissertation to capture his #AnakAnakMalaysia moment at the Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower, fondly known as Old Joe, at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.
“My hope is that we can embody ‘Malaysia Baru’ not just by name, but also through our actions and duties as citizens of this beautiful country.
“This National Day, let us pledge to be better versions of ourselves so that we can realise a greater vision for this nation we call home.
“I’m always remembering Malaysia from afar and can’t wait to return to my homeland,” said the postgraduate student.
As for computer science major C.J. Teh, Malaysia will always be home sweet home, no matter where life takes him.
“I may be halfway across the world, but my love for my country remains the same. Sending my love to all my family and friends from Kansas, the United States. Have a great Merdeka Day and Hari Malaysia,” said the 23-year-old Wichita State University student.
The Looi family had fun at the historic Forbidden City in Beijing, China, where they captured an #AnakAnakMalaysia moment.
“We are #AnakAnakMalaysia forever! Wishing our beloved country Selamat Hari Merdeka from Beijing,” they said.
The Embassy of Malaysia in Rome, Italy, also gathered at the beautiful Galleria Villa Borghese to celebrate this year’s National Day theme, Sayangi Malaysiaku.
The elegant mansion, a historic monument built in 1551, is one of the most renowned art museums in the world.
“The embassy staff members and their families would like to wish all Malaysians a very joyful and meaningful Merdeka.
“On this special occasion, let’s celebrate a new Malaysia and remain united to strive for greater solidarity, development and success,” said the group to all back home.
The #AnakAnakMalaysia Walk starts at the Eco Ardence Sales Gallery, Persiaran Setia Alam, Setia Alam, Shah Alam, at 7.30am tomorrow.
It is a collaboration between Malaysia’s well-known property developer Eco World Development Group Bhd and Star Media Group. Other sponsors include Panasonic (Silver Sponsor) and DRB-Hicom (Car Sponsor).