KUCHING: The ‘Malaysia Boleh’ slogan continues to fuel the determination of the young generation in creating extraordinary achievement.
The catchphrase, widely used by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad when he was the country’s premier in the 1980s, had spurred 1,289 students from Politeknik Kuching Sarawak (PKS) to have the institution’s name marked in the Malaysia Book of Records (MBOR) for the largest participation of Alu-Alu dance.
The traditional dance belongs to the Melanau community and is frequently performed in Mukah dan Dalat.
PKS Students’ Representative Council president, Muhammad Amirnurdin Alisty said it would would have been difficult for the group to accomplish the feat if not for its ‘Malaysia Boleh’ spirit.
He said the national icon who returned at the helm of the government had greatly inspired young people to make the country proud.
“The Malaysia Boleh (can do) attitude had strengthen our resolve not only to achieve both individual and group success, but also improve the willpower of the younger generation, particularly the undergraduates to develop the country together.
“We emulate Dr Mahathir’s spirit in our efforts to achieve the record, as well as facing challenges in our studies and later life after graduation,” he said.
He said the group had sought assistance from the state Cultural and Arts Department’s professional dancers to ensure that the performance complied with the dance’s traditional characteristics.
He said the dance was also held in conjunction with the Merdeka month celebration.
“This is our way of showing our love for the country, in line with this year’s theme, Sayangi Malaysiaku,” he said.
The record was verified by MBOR Research Analyst Mohd Hafizi Hamdan and witnessed by PKS director Kamaluddin Daud.