Spreading the message of love, peace and unity, the ladies from the Perak Women For Women Society (PWW), with the support of associates and friends, initiated A Walk in the Park at Polo Ground on Sunday, March 9. Recognising International Women’s Day, which was celebrated a day earlier, the colour purple was adopted that Sunday.
According to PWW President, Dr Sharifah Halimah Jaafar, the walk, themed “We are 1 Family – Let’s stand united, together we move the country forward” was to celebrate the country’s social and religious diversity.
“To fight the lies and hatred, we need to stand up and show other Malaysians, and the world, that we are together in love for our fellowmen and we reject all forms of actions which threaten to tear our family and society apart,” she remarked in her welcoming speech.
True to Malaysia’s multiracial and multicultural population, some 500 people from all walks of life, men, women and children, participated in the morning’s activities, sharing laughter and joy, expressing love, care and respect for each other regardless of colour, race or faith.
Dr Nagara Chakr Sri, a prominent gynaecologist, also joined in the activities, including forming the peace circle. He said, “Having travelled around the world, I find Malaysia to be the best country. The people here love one another. They are caring and tolerant of each other. As for the small group of troublemakers, the best is to ignore them. If possible, show them love; love them like your own family, as love conquers all.”
Convener and emcee Azrul Mohd. Khalib, called upon all present to hold hands to offer a prayer for the families of passengers and crew members of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which at that point was still declared as “missing”.
Polo Ground was turned into a huge family picnic ground that Sunday morning. Those who turned up danced, sang and participated in outdoor games such as tug-of-war.