PETALING JAYA: There was a time when all children born in the country became anak-anak Malaysia. But there are concerns this is less so these days.
“We have to make it happen again,” said actor and comedian Harith Iskander.
“I am from a generation where we were automatically anak-anak Malaysia but if it is not happening automatically now, we need to get together and make it happen.”
Harith is part of a group of Malaysian icons roped in for the #AnakAnakMalaysia campaign.
“Sometimes confusion and misunderstandings arise due to knee-jerk reactions. Call me naive, but when I’m in Kuala Lumpur or my home state in Sarawak, I see everyone united,” he said.
Renowned London-based shoe designer Datuk Jimmy Choo said his heart was always in Malaysia.
“There is so much talent in Malaysia and we need to work together to move forward,” he said, promising to don the #AnakAnakMalaysia wristband to show his support.
Multi-award-winning singer and songwriter Resh (formerly known as Reshmonu) said that as long as the people were together, any problem could be overcome.
National Unity Consultative Council deputy chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said relentless efforts must be made to nurture a strong bond among the people of diverse backgrounds, especially youth.
“Merdeka Day is the perfect time to reflect on what it truly means to be a Malaysian.
“Malaysia is our home and the country in which we were born, live and die.
“Let’s not forget our friends in Sabah and Sarawak. They, too, are part of Malaysia,” he said.
Other prominent personalities who turned up to support the campaign included national squash player Low Wee Wern, national youth icon Michael Teoh Su Lim, G25 coordinator and former diplomat Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin and Dr Lyana Khairuddin, who initiated the #iam26 social media movement, and actress and TV host Daphne Iking.
Earlier, seven pupils of diverse backgrounds from SJK(C) St Teresa were brought in to join the launching ceremony.
They heartily sang the national anthem accompanied by a pianist before helping to put the wristbands on the guests.