With kindness comes love

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 05 May 2019

Standing together: Students and teachers of SK Taman Maluri and SMK Chung Hwa (CF) Miri celebrating as they were crowned Malaysia’s Kindest Primary and Secondary Schools. Presenting the awards were Khor (left) and Wong Chun Wai (right, in white).

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s first #StandTogether Kindness Concert saw Setia City Convention Centre 2 packed with people celebrating love and positivity with incredible performances by top Malaysian celebrities.

Acts like rock band Kyoto Protocol, comedian Harith Iskander, and singer/songwriter Nik Qistina took to the stage yesterday to spread positivity through their music, as campaign celebrity ambassadors hosted meet-and-greet sessions with fans.

“We’re celebrating with good vibes, positivity, and good music, and it just makes me so happy to be a part of this campaign,” said campaign ambassador Lisa Surihani.

“Today is a day where everyone comes together and kindness wins.”

The student-led concert also acted as a showcase - in the form of videos produced by R.AGE - of the ten best “Kindness Projects” by students from across the country, chosen from almost 200 entries to the #StandTogether campaign’s Kindness Competition.

WATCH: Kyoto Protocol on why they support the #StandTogether Kindness Concert

The projects moved social media star Jinnyboy so much he issued a call for society to become more compassionate.

“I'm here to call for a kinder Malaysia and kinder Malaysians,” he said.

“Seeing the Kindness Projects organised by students made me realise that that is the kind of Malaysia I want to live in,” he said.

SP Setia chief executive officer Datuk Khor Chap Jen hoped that the success of the movement this year would allow it go to even greater heights.

“The campaign has gained a lot of traction this year - people are much more aware of it, but the next step is for them to take action,” said Khor.

SInger/songwriter Nik Qistina blew the crowd away with her smooth vocals, but captured their hearts with her genuine compassion and determination to support a kinder Malaysia.

“Today is a good start as we had so many people here today pledging for kindness, but I hope when people hear about the stories shared at the concert today, they will join us as well.”

The concert was the culmination of the #StandTogether National Kindness Week campaign initiated by the award-winning R.AGE team and property developer SP Setia to end hate and intolerance in Malaysia by spreading kindness.

Nearly 9,000 people register to support the movement this year, including over 20 prominent Members of Parliament.

Unicef Malaysia deputy representative Radoslaw Rzehak said the campaign was very impressive.

Teen sensation Ismail Izzani took the time to interact with the audience, not just during his performance, but also at celebrity-led discussions on kindness with fans.

“I’ve been working for 14 years for Unicef in different countries and what I could see in the past few months - all the campaign and kindness activities - are actually very impressive. I am very proud to be part of it,” he said.

At the end of the event, the title of Malaysia’s Kindest Schools went to SK Taman Maluri and SMK Chung Hwa (CF), Miri in the Primary and Secondary categories respectively, for their student-driven kindness projects.

“We are very humbled by this title. This win is not just for us. Every school here is a winner tonight,” said SMK Chung Hwa student Denise Lim.

Star Media Group special advisor Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai said the concert was “like a breath of fresh air” after all the “dreadfulness” in the world recently.

“I really hope it will be a turning point in our country, after seeing all these young people calling for love and kindness.

“Sometimes we ‘adults’ think we know better, and a world filled with kindness is so unrealistic to us. But if you’ve seen what these students have achieved, you’d have hope as well.”

For more information on the campaign, log on to standtogether.my.

(From left): Jinnyboy, Arwind, Lisa, Sharifah Aryana, Ismail, and Nik Qistina are just some of the celebrities who presented a united front against hate at the Kindness Concert yesterday.


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