Highlight: Dubbed as an innitiative to heal the nation, the #SaySomethingNice Campaign will commence on the 31st of August until the 16th of September
Making a difference in uncertain times is Zubedy (M) Sdn Bhd who introduced a nationwide #SaySomethingNice Campaign. Zubedy introduced partners and supporters of the campaign at a media
conference held at the Iskandar Malaysia Information Centre (IMIC) in Danga Bay.The campaign which
began in 2011, seeks to use the 17-day time frame between 31st August until 16th September as a time of truce and to showcase Malaysia in a positive light. Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and Yayasan 1Malaysia together with The Iskandarian are among the
organisations that choose to lend their support to this cause by partnering with Zubedy.
Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB) and CatchPower, a local SME, have joined the noble cause by sponsoring the #SaySomethingNice Campaign posters. Officiating the campaign was Y.B Tan Sri Sharir Abdul Samad, Johor Bahru Member of Parliament, who said “there is so much negativity these days that I believe we all could use with some positive reinforcement to say and do nice things to one another.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Whether unintentionally or otherwise, sometimes we hurt each other because of what we say.
As Independence Day approaches, Malaysians are encouraged to do their part in healing the nation with the simple act of saying something nice.
#SaySomethingNice, a project by Zubedy Bhd, aims to use the 17 days between Independence Day on Aug 31 and Malaysia Day on Sept 16 as a time of truce and to showcase Malaysia in a positive light.
“Over the past five years, due to partisan politics, Malaysians have hurt each other quite a bit,” said Zubedy Bhd managing director Anas Zubedy.
“Even now we get kecil hati (offended) easily. Through #SaySomethingNice, Malaysians can write nice words on our posters which are available to all and can be put up anywhere.”
The campaign will be launched at Sunway Pyramid on Aug 29 and will end on Sept 16 at Tropicana City Mall. During the period, both malls will be abuzz with activities such as distribution of balloons and flowers, traditional games and spiritual Mandala drawings.
Besides commercial enterprises, religious organisations such as Malaysia Hindu Sangam, Buddhist Maha Vihara and Metropolitan Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur are playing their part by taking the posters for their houses of worship.
Anyone can write a kind message to their fellow Malaysians on the posters.
Anas hoped that at least one million Malaysians would take part in the campaign.
“We have a dream that one day the campaign will be so renowned that it will attract tourists, thus giving economic value to our unique selling point, which is our unity in diversity,” he said.
By The Sun Daily - Company initiates truce campaign to heal nation
|Anas (fourth left) with partners and supporters of #SaySomethingNice campaign posters. SUNPIX by ZULKIFLI ERSAL|
KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 19, 2013): As Malaysia approaches her 56th anniversary of independence, the question has arisen yet again – what can one do to make a difference to the country, especially in such trying times.
Zubedy, an oganisation with a social cause is taking upon itself to create a healing environment for the nation.
A total of 15,000 posters, drawn with cheery little boxes to be filled with positive anecdotes, will be distributed free to encourage public participation to showcase the best of Malaysia and to create a positive feel towards the nation.
Called #SaySomethingNice, Zubedy's nationwide campaign has taken to heart the words of the late Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra al-Haj, Malaysia's first prime minister: "Our future depends on how well many different kinds of people can live and work together."
Hence, the 17-day period between Merdeka Day on Aug 31 and Malaysia Day on Sept 16, "is meant to be a time of truce and to showcase Malaysia in a positive light", said Anas Zubedy, its managing director.
Zubedy feels that since 2008, the country has been split into extreme partisan groups due to the political climate and this has resulted in one too many hurtful words that have been hurled at one another.
"We need to engage the power of doubt, pondering about what the other side feels would allow us to see things in a different light," he said.
"History has shown that civilisations that don't doubt themselves often collapse as they tend to get arrogant."
Among the key partners of the initiative are Sunway IFM and Tropicana City Mall, where the launch on Aug 29 and the closing ceremony on Sept 16 will respectively take place.
Apart from commercial enterprises, religious organisations like Malaysia Hindu Sangam and Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple will also be participating.
Zubedy will be talking to several government departments to ensure the campaign's success.