When Italy went on lockdown in early March 2020 to battle the avalanche of Covid-19 cases in their nation, videos of confined Italians singing from their balconies to lift their spirits emerged and basically captured the world’s hearts.
Well, it looks like Malaysians have now taken a leaf out of their book as videos of Malaysians singing and cheering from their balconies during the Movement Control Order (MCO) are now being shared online.
One example is the viral recording of several condominiums in Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur singing ‘Saya Anak Malaysia’ with all their hearts.
Shared on Facebook by Shauna Joan, a resident in one of the condos, she captioned the video with an uplifting message of “During these trying times, it’s important to spread a little joy and positivity.”
In the minute and a half video, the person who started the karaoke session can be seen cheering and waving enthusiastically to everyone while singing the patriotic song. He also urged all Malaysians to “Stay at home!”
Shauna told us that he actually began the karaoke session in the afternoon, singing Mandarin songs before taking a break. He started again at night with a few national songs. While not everyone knew the Mandarin songs, people still cheered him on, waved flashlights and sang along to what they knew.
It was really heartwarming to see… When he started with the national songs at night, it gave me goosebumps to see everyone so united in hard times like this. We live such busy lives with our doors shut most of the time and don’t really know our neighbours, but it’s really just awesome to see everyone joining in.Shauna Joan to TRP.
That’s not the only heartwarming incident though. On Sunday night (22nd March), several Malaysians clapped and cheered from their homes and balconies in a small gesture to thank and show their support for the brave frontliners.
According to Malay Mail, the appreciative celebration was sparked by a viral post circulating online that urged Malaysians to thank medical staff and essential workers by standing at their doors or balconies with claps, drums, bells and more for 10 minutes beginning at 8.30pm on Sunday night.
As a result Malaysians obliged and the resulting cheers resulted in a much-needed boost for the nation’s spirits as we battle the Covid-19 pandemic.
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