We at zubedy are currently organising the #SaySomethingNice campaign, a nationwide campaign to help heal Malaysia. It seeks to encourage truce and showcase the best side of our nation. For 17 days, the period betwen Hari Merdeka and Hari Malaysia, we want to portray Malaysia in a very positive light by getting fellow Malaysians to focus on saying (or doing) nice things to and about each other, using a medium of their preference.
With the backing of Yayasan 1 Malaysia, zubedy has managed to get corporate and social entities to join and support the #SaySomethingNice campaign. Among them are, Tropicana City Mall, Everest Distributions, Kechara Soup Kitchen, and a number of national and private/international schools.
|Guests of the 'Teh Tarik, Cekodok, and Chat' session wrote something nice about themselves, their hometown, work, and a friend they just met.|
There are also some enthusiastic individuals who have agreed to be involved in the campaign like Hasnul Hadi (from Rhythm & Hues, the Malaysian animator for the Academy Award-winning film Life of Pi) who is spearheading the #teesomethingnice project. The contest was recently judged by renowned figures like Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, Ahmad Izham Omar of Media Prima, and former 3R-host Low Ngai Yuen who now heads Kakiseni. Zalina Abdul Aziz, an accomplished folklore writer has also agreed to join in the campaign with her 'A Hikayat A Day' project.
In conjunction with the campaign, zubedy hosted friends and supporters of the #SaySomethingNice campaign who took time to gather at zubedy's office in Taman Tun Dr Ismail. The 'Teh Tarik, Cekodok, and Chat' session was held on Sunday, 7 July 2013.
|Mr Saw Teong Hin (left) having a conversation with Mr Shiro Tan, Ms Azinurasyiqqin Azwan, and Ms Zalina Abdul Aziz.|
The idea for the 'Teh Tarik, Cekodok, and Chat' session was mooted in order to gather supporters of the #SaySomethingNice campaign as well as other inquisitive minds who are interested in the campaign. We wanted to provide a platform for all of them to network and brainstorm on how best to proceed with the #SaySomethingNice campaign.
|Kartika Sri Tun Ghaffar Baba (middle) and her mother Toh Puan D. Heryati Abdul Rahim engaging with Mr John Ng.|
We managed to host enthusiastic and positive Malaysians from all walks at the 'Teh Tarik, Cekodok, and Chat' session. Mr Saw Teong Hin, the filmmaker and director of the epic film Puteri Gunung Ledang and Kartika Sri Tun Ghaffar Baba who came together with her mother - the Chairperson of Foundation Kartika - were there at the event in support of the campaign.
Also in attendance were representatives from Yayasan 1 Malaysia, International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS), Tropicana City Mall, Nikon Malaysia, niche groups like Chaserz and Pustaka Alam Nusantara, Denaihati.com, and several other keen individual persons.
|Guests listening intently to the presentation by Anas Zubedy.|
During a presentation by Anas Zubedy, he talked of how ordinary Malaysians at the ground level should also get involve in setting the Unity agenda to unite fellow Malaysians. And the 17-day period between Hari Merdeka and Hari Malaysia - the day when Tanah Melayu, Sabah, and Sarawak became one - provides us with the best platform to bring all Malaysians together.
The #SaySomethingNice campaign can be the start of a yearly affair. And in 10 to 15 years time, we at zubedy envision that Malaysia could be known for the time segment of 17 days where tourists and travellers from all over will come in droves to experience the best of Malaysia, where they get to experience the rainbow that is our country.
zubedy invites all interested and like-minded Malaysians to join in the #SaySomethingNice campaign. Both organisational or individual participations are welcomed.
To join us in this endeavour or simply to know more about the campaign, please do not hesitate to contact Hidayah Mazlan for more information. She is contactable at 03 7727 0758 / 019 233 0758 or you may email her at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org