Walk­ing the talk at #AnakA­nakMalaysia

Huge turnout for walk de­spite mas­sive storm a day ear­lier

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - By CHONG KAH YUAN and LOGEISWARY THEVADASS north@thes­tar.com.my

BATU KAWAN: Pa­tri­o­tism and unity were the or­der of the day at the #AnakA­nakMalaysia Walk Pe­nang 2017 which drew a 12,000-strong crowd de­spite the mas­sive storm that hit the state just the day be­fore.

Clear skies matched the mood of the spir­ited par­tic­i­pants who ar­rived be­fore dawn, eager to tackle the 6km walk at the EcoWorld Gallery @ Eco Hori­zon in Le­buhraya Ban­dar Cas­sia.

Bank worker Fadzuaak­mar Fazil, 36, ini­tially feared the worst when it started driz­zling as she left her Sun­gai Pe­tani home at 5am.

With her 63-year-old fa­ther and youngest daugh­ter, aged three, in tow, they de­cided to take a chance.

It paid off when they were greeted by a beau­ti­ful sun­rise on ar­rival.

“We had one of the best Malaysia Day cel­e­bra­tions. The weather was per­fect and the chil­dren had great fun,’’ said Fadzuaak­mar.

The par­tic­i­pants wore #AnakA­nakMalaysia T-shirts with match­ing red wrist­bands. Many waved the Jalur Gemi­lang with pride.

Eco World Foun­da­tion chair­man Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye de­scribed the walk as a “sim­ple yet pow­er­ful act” in the name of unity.

“As peo­ple from var­i­ous races, creeds and be­liefs gather to cel­e­brate, it pro­motes in­te­gra­tion, unity and har­mony.

“The suc­cess of #AnakA­nakMalaysia proves that the pri­vate sec­tor plays an im­por­tant part in na­tion-build­ing,” said Lee, who was joined by Eco World De­vel­op­ment Group Bhd chair­man Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Datuk S. Ra­joo in flag­ging off the walk or­gan­ised by the com­pany yes­ter­day..

Star Me­dia Group man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai said the #AnakA­nakMalaysia Walk Pe­nang 2017 was spe­cial as it was ex­tended to Pe­nang af­ter the main event in Shah Alam.

“The Pe­nang edi­tion is held on Malaysia Day and it is cer­tainly aus­pi­cious and mean­ing­ful. The walk has been held for three years in the Klang Val­ley and stag­ing the event in Batu Kawan is awe­some,” he said.

Grac­ing the event were Yang di-Per­tua Ne­gri Tun Ab­dul Rah­man Ab­bas, Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng and Se­berang Prai Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil pres­i­dent Datuk Rozali Mo­hamud.

The #AnakA­nakMalaysia Walk 2017 was held to mark Na­tional Day and Malaysia Day.

Clear skies and ev­ery­thing nice: The par­tic­i­pants walk­ing in a cheer­ful mood dur­ing the # AnakA­nakMalaysia Walk 2017 at EcoWorld Gallery @ Eco Hori­zon in Batu Kawan, Pe­nang.

Do­ing their bit: Ab­dul Rah­man (left) re­ceiv­ing a sou­venir from Lee while Liew looks on af­ter the launch of the walk in Pe­nang.

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