On the16th September 2013, zubedy celebrated Hari Malaysia at Tropicana City Mall. This year’s Hari Malaysia was different from previous years as it incorporated the closing ceremony for this year’s #SaySomethingNice campaign. Many partners and supporters of the campaign came to celebrate.
As a part of the ceremony, a number of organisations pledged to join #SaySomethingNice campaign for 2014. Organisations such as Buddhist Maha Vihara, Everest Logistics, Kechara Soup Kitchen, Department of National Unity and Integration (JPNIN), Mydin, and Iskandar Region Development Authority (IRDA) gave their pledges in front of the guests.
In his speech, Anas Zubedy, Managing Director of Zubedy (M) Sdn. Bhd. expressed his wish for the campaign’s plan in the future, “We hope this #SaySomethingNice campaign will be done annually, by every Malaysian. Our dream is to have this campaign celebrated nationwide in 10 to 15 years to come”.
Anas also spoke about the importance of being united and not being colour blind. He said, “We as a nation in 1957 and later 1963 chose integration over assimilation. We decided not to be colour blind”. He added, “Instead we chose to embrace all the colours. We created a nation with many colours but with the goal of becoming one Malaysian race. We are many colours, one race – a fine example of Unity in diversity”.
Decorations were evident with a Malaysian feel to it. Structures were erected to resemble a rumah panjang, the floor was covered with weaved mats, and lights adorned the pillars.
Traditional games such as congkak, bottlecaps, batu seremban, and qiang zi were put in corners so that guests could relive their childhood and past experiences through these nostalgic games.
As a closing ceremony for this year, zubedy who has been celebrating Hari Malaysia with their clients since 2001 incorporated recaps of #SaySomethingNice activities during the past 17 days. Partners and supporters’ activities were highlighted during the Hari Malaysia celebration in interesting ways. Pictures of supporters doing their #SaySomethingNice activities were used as a part of the exhibition, and videos and presentations about their activities were showcased to guests on that day.
Zubedy also featured a line of performances to the guests’ delight. The theme of the performances was ‘Malaysian Heritage’ and among them were Amirah Ali who sang the Unity song, a tabla and sitta performance, and a poetry recital accompanied by a guzheng.
Guests were served with a feast of Malaysian food like nasi goreng kampung, mee hoon siam, chicken drummets, and spring rolls. They were also served local favourite kuih-muih too such as Kuih Nyonya and Buah Melaka. There was even a corner for guests to enjoy omapodi.