I had a chance of meeting the man behind the many unity advertisements that we encounter published in the Star newspaper during every festive or religious celebration in Malaysia. This approach taken has intrigued me and further provoked my emotions every time I run into them. What further triggered my being was his aspirations in wanting to unite the people or the many different races living in Malaysia. The advertisements will always headline, ZUBEDY. This is his family name and he is ANAS.
I met Anas Zubedy a few months ago. He presented a training module, 'Making a Difference' for my hotel sales team. He is 45 years old and is the Managing Director of Zubedy (M) Sdn. Bhd. a training and consultant company. He descented from an Arabian rootage and was born and bred in northern Penang. He attended the renowned Penang Free School and later graduated in Political Science, from Universiti Malaya in the late 1980's.(being the 'recalcitrant' that he was, he took four years to graduate for a three year degree :D) Although termed a recalcitrant in school, he has managed to stem his beliefs in 'Uniting Malaysia' through his many advertisements dating as far back as 8 years. Anas does not use a copywriter nor a graphic house to 'glamorise' his advertisements. Rather, all is done within and in his personal capacity.
I was just speaking to Anas Zubedy today and commended him on his BOLDNESS in his recent advertisement that was published in the Star newspaper yesterday. The message was just so true that my family and I could attest to it. The simple layman Malaysian on the streets could testify to it. I spoke to my colleagues and they could also affirm it. I have always been taught that if two or three can agree to a conception, it must be right. In my little circle, we have already taken a stand to it; what more the other 23 million Malaysians? I am so proud of you ANAS ZUBEDY. You portray the courage and the spirit to be a true 'Anak Malaysia'. The message to them is to 'SHUT UP, ENOUGH AND DO THE SIGNIFICANT!'
At least that is what I believe Anas meant.
You will find the enclosed advertisement that was published in the Star, 26 February 2009 below:
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Dear Malaysian Politicians,
Please stop the power chase, call for a truce and focus on the economy.I do not claim to speak on behalf of all Malaysians, but I have strong convictions that many share my sentiments.
Our concern today is not who rules the country or heads the state governments but the looming bad economy.Whether Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat leads, it is meaningless if Malaysians have no job to go to, no money to pay rent and no means to put food on the table.
I am a business owner, like other business owners and managers of corporations I have a responsibility to ensure people under my care and payroll continue to have jobs and a decent income to take home. We work hard and willing to go the extra mile to make sure our nation not only survive this crisis but come out stronger and wiser. We need your help.
Let me explain. I am in the business of Training, Development and Consultancy and have 20 people in my team.
Saedah is 42. She keeps the office clean and helps organise the training rooms. She has four children and her husband is unemployed. She was first hired on a part time basis, because she is very hard working and has a great attitude, we offered her a full time job to help provide a stable income for her family. Even then, when her third child started school this year, it was a struggle for her to buy new school uniforms and other necessities. Saedah lives on a ‘kais bulan, makan bulan’ basis, so, if she is jobless, her tap runs dry.
Samsuri is 27 years old. He lives with his sister and her family in a low cost government flat in Sunway. He does our despatch, helps with various clerical works and occasionally acts as a driver. During the first week at zubedy, we learned that he not only did not have money to buy new clothes and shoes for work, he had no money for lunch. Like Saedah, if he has no job, his tap runs dry too.
Alicia in Client Servicing turns 26 this year. She lives with her dad who is 71 years old and retired. Her mom passed away when she was little. Alicia is a hard-working team member, has a gentle caring outlook and fun to be with. (We like to poke fun at her as she blushes easily). Last May her dad went through a major operation, thank God he has recovered well. Alicia needs a job, both for herself and her dad.
Sudesh, 38, is one of our facilitators. When his father passed away last year, he moved back and lives with his mother in Seremban. He shuttles between Kuala Lumpur and Seremban daily, leaving home sometimes as early as 4 in the morning and returning late at night. He is no stranger to hard work and sacrifice, he knows what he needs to do to survive and to care for his mother, but he too needs a job.
Like fellow Malaysians, every one of us in zubedy needs employment, those that live from hand to mouth like Saedah and Samsuri and others like Alicia and Sudesh with family to care for. We Malaysians need the Malaysian economy to be strong. We need you, our leaders, to work hard and to work together to make our economy viable.
So this is my plea.
Pakatan Rakyat, please stop your attempts to take over the federal government and persuade BN’s lawmakers to join you. Stop all legal proceedings, no more 916 and let go, just let go. The nation can wait till the next general elections if they want change. By doing so, Malaysians will see your party as caring, unselfish and gracious and give you their support in the next elections.
Barisan Nasional, please stop any attempts to take over PR states and win over PR’s lawmakers. You have proven your point with Perak. The nation can wait for the next general elections if they want your party. Focus all your talent, energy and hard work in steering the country out of an economic downturn. By doing so, Malaysians will see your party as caring, unselfish and smart and give you their support in the next elections.
BN and PR! Call for a truce. Get together and compromise. Someone has to give in. Or has hate consumed your heart till it blinds you? You can do it. You have enough intelligent people between you. I am sure you can find solutions. Take the nation to heart. That is why you are in politics in the first place.
Focus on the people.
Focus on the economy.
Zubedy (M) Sdn Bhd