It was indeed an awesome journey for many because for the first time many participants were challenged to state their personal reference to what muhibah means with no reference to any political, religious and racial views. Before the walk, participants gathered in the field to sing the national anthem, ‘Negaraku’, as an expression of respect for sovereignty, national unity, pride and love for the nation before the walk begun. Themed ‘Faces Without Races’, the event was a fun-filled carnival atmosphere with local and upcoming band's performances while families with children were treated and thrilled with bouncy castles, face-painting and clowns that brought joy and colour to it.
TCSH Rotaract Club
President, Joshua Low
was one of the participants in the event shared his feelings about the event, “We are all champions of Malaysia. We were devastated by the heavy downpours, shaken by the thunderstorms and really disappointed. But rain or shine, we had to walk. This is our nation. This is Malaysia, it’s our home. It was a rallying call for us to become that united front and to take ownership of our country. We are the youth of this nation, we are the future leaders.” Even the rain could not dampen their spirits. “I loved it when all of us started moving out, one by one, from the dry tents we took shelter from, to the open field under the heavy rain. The best part was when we stood in the field and sung ‘Negaraku’, drenched, soaked, but still in high spirits,” added Joshua.
On the topic of national unity, vice president of Vision 2 Transform, Cyrus Gomez said that, “People’s hearts are all the same. The colour of the skin may be different, but the colour of the heart is the same.” He emphasized that the event is a non-religious and non-political event, hoping that Malaysians from all walks of life can come together for a time of celebration.
The organizing team has also come up with a promotional video with interviews from prominent leaders and celebrities of Malaysia, such as Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir
, Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan
and even Miss Universe Malaysia, Deborah Henry
, to name a few. Their full interview can also be found on the official Facebook page. More information can be found at www.facebook.com/muhibahwalk
Written by Amelia Ooi