Walk for unity, remember Merdeka


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 20 Jul 2019

United for one cause: Senior management of Eco World Development Group and Star Media Group together with campaign influencers calling on Malaysians to join in the Walk on Aug 31 at Eco Ardence in Setia Alam, Selangor. (Below, from left) Retired footballer Datuk Santokh Singh, social activist and Projek57 founder Syed Sadiq Obaidi Albar and moderation advocate Anas Zubedy gesturing with their unique wristbands.

SHAH ALAM: With the theme #BetterMeBetterMalaysia, this year’s Anak-Anak Malaysia walk in the Klang Valley will be held for the first time on the evening of Aug 31.

#AnakAnakMalaysia 2019 participants will be able to commemorate Merdeka and enjoy the sunset at the scenic Eco Ardence in Setia Alam here.

Campaign organising chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said this year’s theme relayed a simple and clear message that “a better Malaysia begins with me, you and everyone embracing change and doing their best”.

“I am convinced that a better Malaysia can only begin if we better ourselves. It’s time for everyone to be better and contribute more to the country,” he said.

“The best way to inspire change is by being that very change. Demi Negaraku (For our nation), let’s be better versions of ourselves.

“There is nothing more important than to see all Malaysians united and that people of different backgrounds able to harmonise, integrate and talk in terms of the common objective of a better Malaysia for all,” he said during the campaign’s official launch at the Eco Ardence Sales Gallery yesterday.

Back by popular demand, the campaign this year will also see the distribution of the unique wristbands with snazzy interchange­able pins.

Following last year’s huge success with over 10,000 people participating, Lee said he was hopeful this year’s walk would break the record with a greater turnout.

“Five years on and #AnakAnakMalaysia has become a brand. People not only talk about the stylish wristbands but also what it means to be #AnakAnakMalaysia.

“We will organise this walk every year to enable Malaysians to come together and walk hand in hand in the true spirit of unity and harmony,” he said, adding that he was looking forward to the event.

Also present at the launch were Eco World Development Group Bhd chairman Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin, Star Media Group (SMG) chairman Datuk Fu Ah Kiow, SMG adviser Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai, Panasonic Marketing Innovation general manager Chew Keng Heng and DRB-HICOM Group Strategic Communications Division senior manager Kamil Azhar Mustafa.

Having taken part in all previous walks, Fu said every Malaysian must treasure the unity that exists in Malaysia.

This is why SMG has been supportive of any positive efforts to promote unity, tolerance and harmony, he said.

“Besides #AnakAnakMalaysia, we also advocate strongly the moderation movement and inclusiveness among the people.

“We should downplay our differences and magnify the common good values among all races to promote unity for the country,” he added.

In line with the theme #BetterMeBetter­Malaysia, Fu noted that every individual has a role to play and it took the “combined effort from all citizens to bring better changes”.

The launch was a grand affair with scores of prominent Malaysians such as national athletes, celebrities, activists and successful entrepreneurs throwing their support behind it.Among them include idotshirt and Stoned & Co founder Andrew Ngo Pik Yan.

Ngo, 29, is the T-shirt illustrator for this year’s campaign.

“I want to encourage more youths to join us and have them check out the theme this year,” he said.

He pointed out there had been too much hate, complaints and disunity in society.

“I hope with the New Malaysia and new thinking, the younger generation will be able to bring about change,” he added.

National synchronised swimmer and SEA Games gold medallist Zylane Lee Yhing Huey said that despite the differences among the people in Malaysia, “we are all #AnakAnakMalaysia”.

“We have our own individuality. But when we do better, the whole nation will also do better. Change starts with the individual,” said the 27-year-old.

Apart from idotshirt, this year’s campaign features a new partnership with National Geographic and RIUH.

The National Geographic’s Uncover Malaysia photo contest is open to all while RIUH, the curated creative bazaar, is set to be a crowd puller during the walk.

Besides the main event in Shah Alam, other campaigns and programmes will be held simultaneously in Eco Terraces in Penang and Eco Spring in Iskandar Malaysia, Johor.

To get hold of the wristband, pick up a copy of The Star newspaper on selected days and log on to www.anakanakmalaysia.com.my for the list of wristband collection points.

#AnakAnak Malaysia Walk is a collaboration between Malaysia’s well-known property developer Eco World Development Group Bhd and Star Media Group.

Other sponsors for the event include Panasonic (Silver Sponsor) and DRB-HICOM (Car Sponsor).

Early bird registration fee until July 26 is RM40 (adult) / RM20 (child) / RM100 (family package 2 adults, 2 children) / RM40 (corporate). From July 27, the registration fee will be RM50 (adult) / RM20 (child) / RM120 (family package 2 adults, 2 children) / RM40 (corporate).

The #AnakAnak Malaysia Walk will be held on Aug 31 at 4.30pm at the Eco Ardence Sales Gallery, Persiaran Setia Alam, Setia Alam, Shah Alam.

For details, go to http://bit.ly/aamwalk2019.

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