Returning for its fifth year, the 2019 iteration of #AnakAnakMalaysia is all about being a better Malaysian for our country. A simple but fresh theme of #BetterMeBetterMalaysia was present throughout all its activities and events in the lead up to the #AnakAnakMalaysia Walk on Merdeka weekend.
Every generation starts with its youth
The campaign kicked off with a slew of school visitations across Malaysia. In collaboration with local YouTubers, the outreach team visited SJK(C) Chung Hwa Likas in Sabah. Other schools visited were SK Sungai Binjai and SJK(T) Ladang North Hummock in the Klang Valley. The team spread the #AnakAnakMalaysia spirit by singing the national anthem with students, as well as distributing limited edition #AnakAnakMalaysia wristbands and pins.
An outreach member distributing #AnakAnakMalaysia wristbands and pins.
We walk the talk
On Aug 31, Merdeka Day, the #AnakAnakMalaysia Walk began at 3:30 PM as a stream of participants, guests and influencers started to arrive. In less than 20 minutes, a huge crowd gathered at the Eco Ardence Sales Gallery and an amazing total of 10,000 people participated in the #AnakAnakMalaysia Walk 2019 to show their united love for Malaysia.
As the participants warmed up, a traditional kompang welcome by the EcoWorld Symphony Drummers signalled the arrival of KDYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah.
Huge crowds turned up for the #AnakAnakMalaysia Walk.
As the Jalur Gemilang rose, the distinctive and merry music of Anak-Anak Malaysia, Anak-Anak Gembira lifted the crowd’s spirit. A sense of pride and unity could be felt as thousands of Malaysians stood together to celebrate the nation.
It was breath-taking.
Malaysian leaders turned up together to participate in the walk.
After welcome remarks by Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, chairman of #AnakAnakMalaysia 2019, Eco World was proud to have KDYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah flag off the walk. Also at the flag off were Minister of Economic Affairs Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari and Shah Alam Parliament Member and Minister for Federal Territories Khalid Abd Samad.
After the walk, a lucky draw event was held. Of course, no celebration would be complete without fireworks. And the display of fireworks that lit up the night was truly magnificent.
Winning at life: The lucky winner of a brand new Proton Saga car.
Awe-inspiring fireworks lit up the night sky.
Knock, knock. It’s the Ketuk-Ketuk Festival by Riuh
As night fell, it was time for the festivities to begin. The Ketuk-Ketuk Festival by Riuh, a creative bazaar aimed at awakening the public to Malaysia’s rich culture, creativity and diversity, was held for two days at Ardence Labs @ Eco Ardence.
The crowd enjoying the live performances.
Activities for the public to partake in included live portrait painting, inflatable darts and Zorbing Soccer. Social enterprises such as Projek57 and The Rojak Projek also held exhibitions centred on aspects of Malaysian history and lifestyle. There was also special booth displaying photos from the top 30 finalists of the National Geographic Uncover Malaysia Photo Contest.
For music lovers, they got to enjoy live performances by their favourite local artistes like Kyoto Protocol, Angel x Rocksta and Aseana Percussion Unit. The Ketuk-Ketuk Festival was truly a local Malaysian event that made for an enjoyable Merdeka weekend for all.
Children playing at the Messy Play area.
A variety of pop-up stalls for people to peruse.
Kids enjoying a round of Zorbing Soccer.
Russel Curtis and The Rowdy Gentleman performing on stage.
Spirit of Merdeka around the world
Elsewhere around the world, Malaysians gathered as one in celebration of the #AnakAnakMalaysia spirit.
In London, UK-based Malaysians including H.E. Datuk Mohamad Sadik Kethergany, the High Commissioner of Malaysia in the UK, attended a panel discussion that was held at the EcoWorld London HQ. The event featured high-profile Malaysian speakers such as Zaleha Olpin, Annie Newman and Fatizah Syawal. Speakers shared inspirational insights, personal experiences and their success journey.
On the other side of the world in Australia, a gathering was held at EcoWorld’s Yarra One project gallery in Melbourne for a celebratory feast that included beef rendang, curry chicken, mee siam and an assortment of local kuih.
Malaysians gather at EcoWorld’s Yara One project gallery in Australia.
Speakers at the EcoWorld London panel discussion provided an insight into their journey to success.
Malaysians attending the EcoWorld London #AnakAnakMalaysia event.
Our history, food and culture unite us. Malaysia is well-known for the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, the majestic Mount Kinabalu and beautiful sandy beaches, but what makes Malaysia truly unique is us, as #AnakAnakMalaysia!
To build a better nation, we must first aspire to be a better Malaysian. This Merdeka and Malaysia Day, stand tall and proud as #AnakAnakMalaysia to be the change you want. Demi negaraku, let’s be better versions of ourselves. Demi negaraku, we welcome change together.