PETALING JAYA: This Saturday, thousands of Malaysians will be standing together against hate and intolerance at the first-ever #StandTogether Kindness Concert.
The free event, to be held at Setia City Convention Centre 2 from 3:30pm onwards, will feature performances from top Malaysian acts including rock band Kyoto Protocol, comedian Harith Iskander, teen sensation Ismail Izzani, and more.
Harith, who will be performing a stand-up comedy set, believes the event has taken on much deeper meaning after the tragedies in Sri Lanka and Christchurch.
“In light of recent events, kindness may seem like a drop in the ocean,” he said.
“Though that drop may seem insignificant and small, it builds up. We have to combat hate by spreading kindness, and it starts with one small act. It starts with you.”
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Organised by the award-winning R.AGE impact journalism team and property developer SP Setia, the Kindness Concert is open to all who wish to see a kinder, more loving Malaysia, said R.AGE deputy executive editor Ian Yee.
“We were inspired by that great quote from Martin Luther King, Jr - ‘hate cannot drive out hate; only love can’.
“If there’s anything we’ve learned recently, it’s that hate begets hate, violence begets violence. The only way to end that vicious cycle is by spreading love and kindness, and that’s what we hope everyone at the concert will do,” said Yee.
The event will include speeches and meet-and-greet sessions with #StandTogether “Kindness Ambassadors” like Harith, Lisa Surihani, Jinnyboy, Chef Wan, and Arwind Kumar.
“This is a very important cause, so I will definitely be there to speak up,” said Chef Wan, who has been busy filming a new show.
“Malaysia, we need to show the world that we cannot fight fire with fire. We have to show love.”
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There will also be videos produced by R.AGE to showcase the inspiring student-led National Kindness Week movement, which saw hundreds of schools organise projects to spread kindness across the country.
The event itself will be hosted by students who were involved in the movement, two of whom will represent their peers in giving a speech about the importance of kindness.
SP Setia CEO Datuk Khor Chap Jen has taken a personal interest in the campaign, travelling to his hometown of Parit Buntar to encourage schools to participate.
"I think the campaign has done tremendously well, but we can't rest on our laurels. We have to keep the momentum going,” said Datuk Khor.
“Schools are now aware of the importance of kindness, but parents and corporations aren't there yet. We need to reach society at large and work together.”
To find out more about the #StandTogether Kindness Concert, go to fb.com/KindnessConcertMY. Admission is free.
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