Maybank spotlights unsung heroes in Malaysia Day campaign

Maybank has launched the second installment of its "MYStories" campaign, this time featuring five local heroes and their contributions towards Malaysia. This was done in conjunction with Merdeka Day and Malaysia Day.

Last year, Maybank's "MYStories" campaign focused on sharing the stories of the family members of its employees and aimed to humanise the people behind Maybank. This year, Maybank decided to seek the stories of unsung heroes to drive Malaysians to be better and to encourage people to be a force of good.

In telling these stories, Maybank hopes to encourage Malaysians to step out of their comfort zones and be spurred into action. The videos will be released weekly until 16 September 2018 on Maybank's YouTube page.

The first two "MYStories" videos feature major (retired) Patrick Wong Sing Nan and sergeant (retired) Adenan Bin Aini who put their lives on the line in order to serve their country. Wong, a war veteran and a leader, emphasises the importance of trust and teamwork in order to survive the uncertainties on a battlefield. 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, Wong embodies the spirit of teamwork and integrity while fighting for his men and country, Maybank said.

Adenan, a war veteran who fought alongside Wong, 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 Wong who made an "unprecedented decision" to prioritise medical attention to him. Still a 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.

The series goes on to feature individuals that took it upon themselves to give back to society in hopes that their efforts would make their communities a better place to live in. It will include Swarn Singh, a visually-impaired activist for the visually-impaired community; Siti Rahayu Bahari, the co-founder of Buku Jalanan Chow Kit dedicated to providing free education to the homeless, poor and stateless; and 11-year-old Medina Zaharah Onn, who has spent her time teaching life skills to special needs young adults and raising awareness of endangered animals since she was six.

“We are truly in awe of and humbled by the kindness of our fellow Malaysians who put the interests of others ahead of their own. One unifying trait that stood out from this year was the undivided love and loyalty that drives individuals like them to continue doing what they do," Datuk Abdul Farid Alias, group president and CEO of Maybank, said.

Earlier this year, Maybank launched “MYStories Raya 2018” campaign, an extension of the bank’s “MYStories”, which aimed to showcase the power of humanity across ASEAN. “MYStories Raya 2018” highlights Mangku Sitepoe from Indonesia and Zurianty Sudin from Malaysia who have dedicated their lives by helping communities in need especially during trying times.

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