Friday March 14, 2014 MYT 11:38:39 AM
A fun ‘Walk in the Park’
ABOUT 1,000 people participated in the “Walk in the Park” programme for solidarity, peace, harmony and to live as a “Malaysia Family”.
The Perak Women for Women Society (PWW) initiated the event to celebrate the country’s social and religious diversity.
PWW members were seen giving out flowers and balloons to those who participated in the event.
Besides that, aerobics, tug-of-war and family portrait sessions were also held.
There was also a corner to write messages about the feelings for the country and its people that was pinned on a board.
PWW president Dr Sharifah Halimah Jaafar said that often, there were voices from certain groups of people who defend God’s name but in their eyes, there was fire, ungodly characters, hate messages, dividing people, arrogance, disrespect and an uncaring attitude.
She said that they hoped to express love, care and respect for their fellow human beings regardless of colour, race and faith through this event.
She said it was good to see Malaysians coming together, comfortably playing games, participating in activities, exchanging gifts and most importantly, sharing laughter and joy.
“That is the way we have been living, by respecting each other until we hear lies that aim to divide us and make us feel uncomfortable with one another.
“To fight lies and hate messages, there is a need to stand up, and show other Malaysians and the world that we are together.
“There is a need to reject all forms of action which threaten to tear our families and society apart,” she said at the event held at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Recreational Park (Polo Ground) on Sunday.
Dr Sharifah said everybody should stand united and together drive the country forward for a respectful, peaceful and harmonious society.
She ended her speech by saying that the event was not a march, demonstration or a protest, but a display of the “One Malaysia” family living and playing together in harmony and peace.
Supporting the event was Malaysians for Malaysia, a civil society movement.
Its spokesperson Azrul Mohd Khalib said the gathering was to promote national unity, solidarity and to celebrate the social diversity that is the strength of character of Malaysians.
12 March 2014| last updated at 08:59PM
Women’s group show the way to harmony
IPOH: FOR the first time, the Perak Women for Women Society (PWW) initiated “A Walk in the Park” event to celebrate the country’s social and religious diversity.
Held at Taman Rekreasi Sultan Abdul Aziz (Polo Ground) here, the event was organised in collaboration with “Malaysians For Malaysia”, a Facebook-based civil society movement.
More than 1,000 people who attended the event took part in a moment of silent prayers for the crew and passengers of the flight MH370 which had gone missing in South China Sea on Saturday morning.
Malaysians For Malaysia’s social activist Azrul Mohd Khalib said the movement was aimed at educating and encouraging Malaysians to put an end to racism, hatred and petty problems.
PWW president Dr Sharifah Halimah Jaafar said the society believed in co-existence, acceptance and celebrating one another’s ethnicity, cultures and faiths. It was also aimed at promoting peace and harmony among the diverse communities.
A WALK IN THE PARK – IPOH
ORGANIZED BY PERAK WOMEN FOR WOMEN SOCIETY (PWW)
IPOH POLO GROUND
Sunday, March 9, 2014
9:30am until 11.30am
To celebrate the country’s social and religious diversity, Perak Women for Women Society (PWW) is organising A Walk in the Park – Ipoh!
We believe in co-existing, accepting and celebrating each other’s ethnicity, culture and faith. Another way forward is possible. One that is peaceful, inclusive and harmonious.
Join us on Sunday, 9th March at the Polo Ground (Taman Rekreasi Sultan Abdul Aziz) in Ipoh for A Walk in the Park – Ipoh!
But Ipoh is going to be doing it differently. It will not only be a walk but also a PICNIC! So bring or cook food and share it with others on that day!
Come and walk, dance, sing, recite poetry or just makan! We need to spread the message of love. We encourage participants to donate flowers, wear purple ribbons or just give hugs. No need for banners, slogans or signs. This is not a march, demonstration or a protest!
It is a walk in the park.
This is Malaysia. Our Malaysia! We hope that you will join us and we look forward to your creative way of spreading the message of love and peace.