SHOWING your love for the country becomes a reality as the nation unites to vote for three best National Day videos submitted to Star Media Group by participating corporations and companies.
Earlier last month, The Star reached out to fellow Malaysians by calling out to the public in its search for this year’s top three most engaging National Day videos to have captured the attention and hearts of the nation.
So during the two weeks starting Aug 24-Sept 6, various inspirational videos from many participating companies and corporations were featured on its thestar.com.my/nationaldayvideo website, garnering over 36,000 votes throughout the two-week campaign.
Taking part is simple enough and is open to everyone – first they have to visit the website, and watch the compilation of National Day commercials.
Then they can select and vote the top three videos that inspire them, make them laugh or move then to tears.
Viewers can vote three times a day at most and may return to vote as many times as they wish throughout the campaign period.
Among the featured 49 videos submitted by the various companies and corporations, three stood out as clear favourites.
First up to receive the most votes is from Gamuda Land with a commercial entitled “Malaysia, Through Her Lens”.
The video seeks to challenge views and perspectives that are taken for granted by looking at situations though the eyes of another.
In this video, the audience is brought on a journey that tracks the viewfinder of seasoned photographer Bonnie Yap, as she explores the rich cultural heritage that makes Malaysia a truly unique country.
Sunway Group captured the hearts and aspirations of viewers to land on the second spot, with a video called “Teguh Bersama”, which was inspired by the true story of Jeperin Rasdu.
As a Sabahan who grew up in poverty, Jeperin experienced hardships as a child but the one thing that kept his spirits high was being surrounded by generous and kind people.
And during this National Day, Sunway Group’s message harkens the nation to unite and make a difference in the lives of those who are underserved and marginalised.
The third most voted for is from Kembara Kitchen entitled ‘Bangkit Bersama’, which pays tribute to local heroes on the front lines during these difficult times of fighting against Covid-19.
It also is a nationwide call for all citizens to stand up in unison against the onslaught of the disease and to overcome all challenges.
Although it has been 62 years since the different states have coalesced as a country we call Malaysia, those who are born after the National Day might find it difficult to relate with the struggles faced by those who were championing a change during that time.
Certainly the Malaysian dream lives on, creating a melting pot where our myriad cultures not only survive but also thrive.
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