Tracing back roots of multi-racial M'sians

Tracing back roots of multi-racial M'sians

PETALING JAYA - To celebrate the "Spirit of 57", Kita Kawan Mah (KKM), a social movement that promotes unity, wants to capture the story of how multi-racial communities came to call Malaysia home.

Its co-founder Alvin Teoh said they are collaborating with photographers and students on Dulu Pendatang, Kini Penduduk - a photography project that traces the roots of Malaysians of different ethnic backgrounds and how they all came to call Malaysia home.

"We want to turn a negative word (pendatang) into a positive thing to mark Merdeka Day and Malaysia Day this year. Our aim is to show that every Malaysian has a place here," he said.

Formed in May last year to promote racial harmony post-GE13, KMM has received close to 16,000 "Likes" on Facebook.

Citing new movements like Malaysians in the Park and Malaysians Unite as positive, he said there is hope as the silent majority have awakened and are lending their voices to unity.

"We're not born racist. There are some rotten apples among us - small-minded and hate-filled people - but the muhibah spirit is still alive," he said.

KMM is now involved in the production of an anti-racism film featuring Dose Two rapper Vix Chandra, who said the short film is a social experimentation to see if the general public is racist.

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