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Celcom Axiata’s first Merdeka short film: Getaran Pertama

Ahirul Ahirudin
Written by Ahirul Ahirudin

KUALA LUMPUR – August 27, 2019: Celcom Axiata Berhad is presenting its very own short film called ‘Getaran Pertama’ to commemorate the coming Merdeka Day celebrations.

The film chronicles the search for the first choir to sing the national anthem ‘Negaraku’ back in the era of soon-to-be independent Malaya in 1957.

Based on true events, the film depicts the adventures of radio Malaya music supervisor Tan Sri Ahmad Merican and Tony Fonseka, a music teacher and conductor, in their journey to assemble a multi-racial choir group.

It was the wish of first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman to see everyday Malayans – regardless of race, gender and background – perform in a national choir to demonstrate unity.

The short film was screened for member of the media at an event here today.

Axiata Group Berhad president and group chief executive officer Tan Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim, who was present said the appreciation of national unity should be given prominence in the coming Merdeka celebrations on Aug 31 . 

“As Malaysians, we are grateful that throughout our history, we have remained a harmonious and united nation, celebrating the diversity of our cultures, religions, races and creeds,” he said.

Speaking at the same event, Celcom Axiata Berhad chief executive officer Mohamad Idham Nawawi said the film is a gift to Malaysians, and a token to remind them that unity in diversity is the country’s underpinning foundation to success and was built years prior to independence.

‘Getaran Pertama’ will reach Malaysians beginning midnight tonight, via Celcom’s official website, broadcast and all social media platforms.

Throughout the Merdeka celebrations, Axiata and Celcom will also reach out to the communities with on-ground activities, starting at Pavillion Kuala Lumpur on Aug 30 where ‘Getaran Pertama’ and a choir performance will be showcased outdoor from 6pm to 7pm.

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