If you scrolled your timeline on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms, you may have come across the hashtag #50x50my. This is the product of a social movement initiative curated by social activist and digital consultant, Niki Cheong, also known as Bangsar Boy (if you remember him from his journalism days!). The campaign “50×50 My Malaysia” kicked off on 31st August with the aim of engaging and bringing Malaysians together via conversations and sharing of stories to commemorate this special 50th anniversary of Malaysia Day celebrations.
This initiative brought together storytellers (including artists, writers, bloggers, and photographers) who visited all 13 states in Malaysia, to create conversations and look for interesting stories with people from all walks of life. According to Niki, visiting 13 states in a span of 15 days was overwhelming but throughout his journey, realised that if anything, he felt more energised after each trip. “What made the trip so interesting was the people, from the aunty selling keropok on the streets, an uncle from the Chinese medicinal shop to the lady writing parking tickets”, recalled Niki.
The launch of the stories was done to reminisce the good ol’ times when we were young. The event had a school theme to it, having games such as batu seremban, batang aiskrim, and bottle caps. We had such a great time reliving our childhood days!
We were also thoroughly entertained when Guru Besar Kuah (Kuah Jenhan) led our “assembly” where he made Niki stand on a chair for not wearing his school tie, and made us “students” line up and “angkat” and “turun” tangan just like how we used to do in school! This brought back some amazing memories. We were made to walk in line (like a “rombongan sambil belajar”) to where the stories were showcased. That journey was pretty fun!
The stories gathered throughout the visits around Malaysia as well as other documentation from the initiative will be showcased from the 16th to 22nd of September at Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur (Levels 5 and 6, across the Link Bridge).
Malaysians who are actively online will also be able to view the stories in the form of text, pictures, or videos by looking for the #50x50my hashtag on social networks such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. All the stories are also documented on the official website, www.MyMalaysia50.com. This initiative is a collaboration between Maybank American Express, AirAsia, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Aforadio and KakiKreatif.