Spirit of muhibbah flies high at MyEstima Merdeka gathering

Adrian David

KUALA TERENGGANU: Malaysians have been urged to put politics aside and take part in inclusive events to foster greater unity among the races.

Making the call, Housing and Local Government deputy minister Senator Raja Datuk Kamarul Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad said many extra-curricular and sporting activities provided an avenue for the people to interact.

“This way, they get to better understand each other’s sentiments, culture and customs, irrespective of their race, creed and ethnicity.

The convoy of Toyota Estima multi-purpose vehicles making their way for the ‘MyEstima Club’s Merdeka Family Day’ at the Regency Waterfront Resort in Kuala Ibai, Kuala Terengganu.

“Put politics aside and let us come together to celebrate the nation’s success as one people,” he said at the mass gathering of the ‘MyEstima Club’s Merdeka Family Day’ reunion at the Regency Waterfront Resort in Kuala Ibai.

Present were Malaysian Estima Club Owners (MyEstima) president Md Said Jaapar and its vice-president Shafarizal Zainol @ Che Epa.

Raja Kamarul Bahrin said events like the MyEstima Merdeka gathering were well liked by the young and old.

“This is part of the inclusiveness concept by the Pakatan Harapan federal government to build a new Malaysia that is progressive and mature.

“We had to make many sacrifices in order to achieve merdeka (independence) 61 years ago, and endure many challenges for a stronger Malaysia,” he said.

Raja Kamarul Bahrin added that when PH took over the federal government in May, it faced a very tough economic challenge.

“As such, we have had to sacrifice a few costly projects, where potential jobs for the people were lost.

“However, doing so will save the country’s economy in the long term, for a more open and successful nation,” he said.

Meanwhile, Md Said said that the gathering saw 150 MyEstima members and their families from all over the country attend the three-day affair in their Toyota Estima multi-purpose vehicles.

Members of the ‘MyEstima Club’s Merdeka Family Day’ gathering at Kuala Terengganu.

He said MyEstima was established on Sept 17, 2009 and the club, which had 700 members from Malaysia and Singapore, organised tours nationwide and overseas, every two years.

“Apart from sharing common knowledge and interest during our rides, we also exchange technical experience, problems and spare parts issues among members.

“These get-togethers have brought us above and beyond friendships, establishing ties among club members as one big family,” said Md Said, adding the club also undertook charitable activities for orphanages and the underprivileged. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd