THE Embassy of Malaysia commemorated its National Day on August 31 with a flag-raising ceremony at the official residence of the ambassador.
Ambassador Dato Abdul Malik Melvin Castelino Anthony led the rites, graced by the local Malaysian community and a host of local guests and friends of the embassy. The flag-raising ceremony began with a “doa” or prayer recitation, followed by the singing of the Malaysian national anthem “Negaraku” and the recitation of “Rukun Negara” or “National Principles.”
Subsequently, the ambassador’s speech highlighted the importance of the Rukun Negara in preserving national unity and harmony. He then expressed his appreciation for the warm hospitality of the Filipino people and the strong ties between Malaysia and the Philippines—especially at the leader’s level between Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.
Anthony said both countries share similar objectives of long-lasting peace and prosperity for their peoples, as well as those of the region.
In the ensuing press conference, the envoy announced main events the embassy will undertake to commemorate Malaysia’s National Day: First is the Malaysia Friendship Golf Open slated on September 9 at the Pradera Verde Golf & Country Club in Pampanga. Gathering 216 golfers, the event promises “not only a day of enjoyable golfing, but also the chance to make a lasting impact on those in need,” according to the Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industries-Phils. or MCCI. Proceeds generated will be dedicated to various charitable initiatives.
The other major event is the much-awaited “This is Malaysia” weekend street festival on September 16 and 17 along Paseo de Roxas in Makati City. It aims to celebrate the Asean nation’s diverse tourism destinations, fascinating escapades, exquisite food, education, medical tourism, and other endless discoveries.
Both will be staged in hopes of bringing together the people of both countries to celebrate the beautiful friendship and strong ties that bind them, as Anthony reaffirmed the deputation’s commitment to further elevate their bilateral relations, especially in the fields of trade and economy.
He extends his invitation to all Filipinos and other community members to join the embassy in celebrating Malaysia’s historic 66th milestone in its nationhood.