Meet 5 Malaysian Unsung Heroes That Are Changing Our Nation

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Last month, Maybank started to release short videos that features a local individual who are outstanding as their contribute to our beloved country, Malaysia. The MYStories campaign picks up for a second year in conjunction with this year’s Hari Kebangsaan and Malaysia Day.

Hailing from different backgrounds, you’ll get to learn more of these five local heroes that share a common trait – their drive to pursue their passions and stand up for what they believe in. From war veterans to an 11 year old teacher, this is definitely a tear jerking series that will leave you overwhelmed with love.

In telling these stories, watch as they talk about the sacrifices they have made and the barriers they have broken for the love of their country and fellow man. It shows us Malaysian that we sometimes need to step out of our comfort zones and be spurred into action.

To know these five amazing individuals, just scroll down below:

1. Major Wong

A relationship developed during Major Wong and Sergeant Adenan’s  time in the army, in short, they are the epitome of true friendship. Major Wong is a war veteran and a respected leader, emphasises the importance of trust and teamwork in order to survive the uncertainties on a battle field. He is commanded for constantly putting the safety of his men ahead himself. With the belief that race and religion plays no part in combat, Major Wong embodies the spirit of teamwork & integrity while fighting for his men and country.

2. Sergeant Adenan

A heroic war veteran who fought bravely alongside Major Wong and a proud Sarawakian, was one of the first from his hometown to serve in the army. Badly injured during one of his missions, he owed his life to Major Wong who made an unprecedented decision to prioritise medical attention to him. Still an unwavering patriot at heart, Sergeant Adenan believes that regardless of race, religion and culture, members of the army are ultimately part of one unit that support each other in the fight for their country.

3. Swarn Singh

He started losing his sight after a fall from a height of 18 metres. This brought unfamiliar challenges into his life, but that did not discourage him from living to the fullest. That defining moment inspired him to help the visually-impaired community. Swarn is steadfast in his belief that everything happens for a reason, and believes he became blind to help others in similar situations.

4. Siti Rahayu Bahari

The co-founder of Buku Jalanan Chow Kit, dedicates her time towards providing free education to the homeless, the poor and the stateless. She maintains that literacy and education from a young age can help children grow into better people, contributing to a better society. According to Siti, everyone on earth was sent down with a purpose, and hers is to help improve the lives of the disadvantaged.

5. Medina Zaharah Onn

At age 11, she says that anyone can make a difference – you just have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. From the age of six, Medina has spent her time teaching life skills to special needs young adults and raising awareness on the plight of endangered animals. She hopes to bring forth the message of equality in society regardless of capabilities. Her family also shares the same passion, and together, they spend their free time working towards this mission.

This series is a reflection of Maybank’s commitment to the countries they operate in, vowing to deliver the best for their customers, while upholding their business against the highest standards of excellence and efficiency. They remain a part of our community and cherishes the relationships and trust bestowed upon them with us.

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