KUCHING: Shoppers and traders at the Medan Niaga Satok market here were pleasantly surprised to receive #AnakAnakMalaysia wristbands distributed by staff of Eco World Development Group Bhd.
Smiles and cheers filled the air as the recipients put on the wristbands and proclaimed with enthusiasm: “Kami anak-anak Malaysia! (We are Malaysians!)”.
Kasiah Kassim, a teacher at SMK Meradong in Sarikei and who happened to be at the market yesterday, was not only happy but asked for 34 more to give to her Form Three students.
“A campaign like this is good for cultivating love for the country. I’m a Moral Studies teacher and patriotism is part of what I teach my students.”
Bidayuh trader Resni Tarang said it was important for Malaysians to be united so that everyone could co-operate and help one another.
“At this market, for instance, we all work together regardless of race. We greet one another and ask each other for help when we need it, so our daily routines become easier,” she added.
The wristbands were also distributed to passers-by in Jalan Gambier and the cat monument in Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman.
EcoWorld senior executive Yee Yann Lee said this was part of the #AnakAnakMalaysia campaign launched during a unity walk in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 14.
“The reason why we are handing out the wristbands to people here is to tell Sarawakians that regardless of the distance across the South China Sea, we are all part of Malaysia.
“We want to create awareness that we are all anak-anak Malaysia,” she said.
The #AnakAnakMalaysia campaign is organised by EcoWorld and Star Media Group in conjunction with the Merdeka month leading up to Malaysia Day.
Malaysians can participate by taking a photo or video of themselves wearing the wristband and posting them on www.anakanakmalaysia.com.
The wristbands are available at any EcoWorld show gallery and Star Media Group offices nationwide. The campaign runs until Sept 16. - thestar