It was like any other Sunday morning but it was not really like any other. It was very different from other sunday mornings.Thousands of youths gathered all over Malaysia to pick up trash and clean up roads under the My Beautiful Malaysia Day programme.
At many places, the youths went from house to house, talking to residents about the dangers of dengue mosquitoes and the importance of recycling. Youths, comprising students, National Service trainees and private and public sector employees, took part in the two-hour event.
Ministers and Chief Ministers participated in the event which was organised all over the country. The leaders urged youths to partner with the Government in developing the nation. One of the key goal of the event was to kindle the spirit of volunteerism among youths and kick start the year of volunteerism.
In IPOH, Perak about 6,000 people armed with brooms, baskets and plastic bags cleaned up Padang Ipoh and its surrounding areas . Many of the youth were in the field by 7am and were up early as they were all very excited. In KOTA KINABALU, the historic Prince Philip Park in Tanjung Aru got its much-awaited sprucing up by the volunteers.
In KUANTAN, strong winds and heavy rain almost derailed the state-level launch of the event at the scenic Teluk Chempedak here. However, the sudden weather change was not enough to break the spirits of the 6,000-strong crowd who participated in the event.
The event was considered a huge success and created a new Malaysia record in volunteering. More than 1.2 million people participated in the event.