As a show of care and support to Gaza and the unity of Malaysia, Mon Space Group sponsored a fundraising charity dinner in conjunction with the 1Unity Malaysia Ambassador Search Cultural Fusion 2014 (1UMAS). The event was graced and supported by Yang Teramat Mulia Raja Dato’ Seri Yong Sofia binti Almarhum Sultan Azlan Shah, the youngest daughter of the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah.
The dinner was held on 4 October 2014, at the grand ballroom of Vivatel Hotel. To celebrate the ethnic diversity and highlight the cultural richness of Malaysia, the event showcased performances by various cultures in Malaysia, including Malay, Indian and Dayak traditional dances. Yang Teramat Mulia Raja Dato’ Seri Yong Sofia binti Almarhum Sultan Azlan Shah also gave a speech addressing the Gaza crisis, calling for all who were present to show their support for an important humanitarian cause. She also applauded the organisers for celebrating Malaysia’s diverse ethnic cultures.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Ak Marketing for giving us the opportunity to give back to the community, and to stand in solidarity with the people of Gaza who are afflicted by war.
According to the UN Office for the Coordinations of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the 2014 Israel-Palestine conflict killed 2205 Palestinians, including at least 1483 civilians. There is also an ongoing need for humanitarian aid to be sent into the conflict zone. Civilians in Gaza are direly in need of proper sanitation, nutrition and other basic welfare. Children are born into a climate of fear and desperation, often suffering from severe mental trauma and physical malnutrition. Mon Space Group recognises its social responsibilities, and we felt compelled to be part of the effort in alleviating the suffering of Palestinians. In the words of Tun Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad: silence is not a choice for Gaza. We have the ability to give to charity, and we will make good use of that.
Besides caring for humanitarian crises overseas, I also strongly believe in supporting local causes, especially one that concerns every single Malaysian. 1UMAS 2014 forwards a strong message of solidarity amidst trying times for Malaysia. To quote the organisers, the event seeks “to create awareness among our young generation of the spectrum of cultures and religion of Malaysians while bringing their talents together”. It was absolutely delightful to see the array of different cultures, costumes and dances of Malaysian ethnicities, and I felt very proud to call myself a Malaysian.
I think events such as 1UMAS that seeks to highlight cultural diversity in Malaysia are extremely important: on one hand they open our eyes to see how diverse we can be in terms of culture, religion, language and customs; on the other hand it also reminds us that despite all these differences, we are all Malaysians. The fact is, we do not need to look and think the same way to love each other and be united. In fact, cultural diversity is something that we feel very proud of and want to preserve. This acceptance is exactly what makes Malaysia such a great nation.
I want to extend my sincere gratitude to all who attended and donated to charity. Mon Space Group and I look forward to more opportunities in future to serve those who are in need.
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为了表示对于加沙地带危机（Gaza Crisis）以及马来西亚团结精神的支持，Mon Space集团与一个团结大马文化交融2014（1 UMAS）联合筹办了一个慈善晚宴，希望能为巴利斯坦人民尽一份心意，筹备款项资助加沙的人民。
这一场慈善晚宴获得尊贵的霹雳州苏丹拿督斯里阿兹兰沙（Sultan Azlan Shah）最小的公主，尊贵的拿督斯里苏菲亚公主陛下（Yang Teramat Mulia Raja Dato ‘Seri Yong Sofia binti Almarhum Sultan Azlan Shah）莅临现场支持。