Merdeka Celebration for New Malaysia

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This year’s Merdeka and Malaysia Day brought a special meaning for Malaysians

A citizens’ initiative Malaysians for Malaysia (M4M), Johor had brought fellow Malaysians in Johor Bahru from all walks of life together to celebrate national unity, harmony and diversity, held recently in conjunction with Merdeka Day and Malaysia Day. It was a joyous atmosphere for those who attended the event that took place at Dewan Sangkar Kristal, Golf Club, Pelangi, Johor Bahru. Among the guests of honours at the event were Tuan Sheikh Umar Baghrib, Johor State Exco, Hassan Karim, MP of Pasir Gudang, and Hishamudin Rais, a veteran political blogger Tukar Tiub. A similar event was also carried out in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Perak.

The coordinator of M4M Johor, Dr Sharifah Halimah Jaafar during her welcoming speech

Over 500 people of all ethnicities in cross cultural attires attended the meaningful celebration in a truly Malaysian spirit with a renewed hope in a new Malaysia that is harmonious and united as one nation.

The coordinator of M4M Johor, Dr Sharifah Halimah Jaafar in her welcoming speech said that she had only 2 weeks to organise the event and she was amazed and encouraged by the support she received from the public that they literally just sprang into action, and in a very short period of time the tables were overbooked!

“This is really a celebration about us, regardless of colour, creed, gender and sexual orientation,” said Dr Sharifah.

Malaysians for Malaysia, is a people movement under the leadership of Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir.

The event also had several multi-cultural performances and at the finale of the event, the audiences were led by Jenny Liew, a representative of Malaysians for Malaysia, Penang, sang along together the song “Kami Anak Malaysia” where the lyrics were written by her.

“Other activities of Malaysians for Malaysia include “Puasa4Malaysia” and a “Walk in the Park” event where fellow Malaysians can have a picnic together in a park”, explained Dr Sharifah.