Malaysia Day at Rumah SABM

19 Sep 2012 | 870 views

Sept 16, 2012: Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM) celebrated Malaysia Day as well as its third anniversary focusing on the theme 'Dan Lain-Lain'.

Why Dan Lain-Lain? That's because "every community in this country has in some way or other adopted and adapted to the geography, and culture of its neighbours." We are interwoven, plain and simple.

The evening started with the MyBatik session where each guest got to draw and paint a personal piece of batik. The pieces, when combined, would make the Malaysian flag. There is a moral to this: That it is the many individual narratives that collectively make the nation.

There was also a photo exhibition-cum-graffiti wall showcasing our "Home". The photo collection included many interesting and beautiful places in Malaysia from the Taiping Lake Gardens to the Tip of Borneo, the many difference faces and facets of Malaysians as well as the anti-ISA and Bersih rally.

Kicking off the program proper were the children from the SABM Rural-Urban Exchange Program (RUEP). They performed three mimes, an interview and a dance performances. The last mime focused on their hopes for a better Malaysia.

The event's highlight was the sharing by YB Hannah Yeoh, ADUN for Subang Jaya on her experiences of Bangsa Malaysia. She shared her ordeal of registering the birth of her first child, Shay Adora, as Anak Malaysia. The National Registration Department refused to register Shay Adora as Anak Malaysia, and - at the decision of the NRD officer on duty - put her down as Chinese instead. This created a furor with the public. The issue remains unresolved. The session ended with an animated Q&A session with the audience.

Story: Ee Chia
Camer: Fandi Zulkefly