Hari Malaysia is this Friday, and what better way to celebrate it than by engaging in typically Malaysian activities? Check out our round-up of things to do, watch, or buy that highlight the rich culture and natural beauty of our beloved country. so, if you’re not travelling anywhere and are stumped about what to do this long weekend, choose from one of five of these opportunities to celebrate and honour Malaysia’s heritage.
1. Enjoy the finest Malaysian dishes on AirAsia Food
Malaysia’s diverse people can be celebrated through its food. This September, airasia food is bringing you the best of Malaysian cuisine to your neighbourhood with dishes like Laksa Johor Mama Yati, Sarawak Homemade Hakka Mee from Restoran Swee Hing, Penang Ho Chiak from Da Men, Kelantanese Nasi Kerabu Che Norma, and many more.
From now until 30 September 2022, customers who use the promo code FOOD50 can enjoy 50% off their next order with a minimum expenditure of RM18, capped at RM9. There are more than a thousand eateries to select from. Customers can use the coupon code FOOD65 to receive 65% off at certain restaurants nationwide on Thursdays through Sundays from now through September 30, 2022, with a minimum expenditure of RM20, capped at RM13.
Invite family or friends who haven’t experienced AirAsia Food to use discount code HELLO8 to get RM8 off their first order, no minimum spend!
2. Go for a train ride from KL To Hat Yai
Everybody needs a break from their daily grind. This Malaysia Day weekend, on 15 September, KTMB is offering a special trip from KL Sentral directly to Hat Yai for just RM75 one way! On September 18th, you can take a direct train back from Hat Yai to KL Sentral.
Tickets can be purchased through their official website or the KTMB Mobile app.
To automatically redeem the offer for RM75 for one-way travel or RM150 for a round-trip, choose KL Sentral as your origin station, Hat Yai as your destination, then 15 September as your departure date and 18 September as your return date.
Or heck — you can hop aboard one of these four fascinating train rides around Malaysia!
3. Watch a hit Malaysian Film
Just in time for Malaysia Day, the highest-grossing Malaysian film of all time, Mat Kilau, will be available on Netflix on 16 September!
Mat Kilau, based on a historical person from the late 19th century, recounts how the renowned warrior became the leader of a rebellion against British colonists in order to defend his motherland. Mat Kilau became a symbol of freedom and independence because, along with his father and countrymen, he led his people in a guerrilla struggle for numerous years.
Along with almost 150 other films, series, and animated shows from Malaysia, Mat Kilau will be included in the Rekaan Rakyat collection, which honours some of the country’s most celebrated creative output. You can view our picks of the Rekaan Rakyat collection here.
4. Shop and #sapotlokal with Batik Boutique
Batik Boutique’s KL Collection is a wonderful way to show your support for Malaysia’s rich cultural heritage while also looking fabulous. There’s a plethora of batik-imbued products to choose from too!
We’re swooning over the heritage-inspired KL tote bag. These tote bags are handmade by local artists and come in three distinct colours so you can choose the one that best suits your personal style. High-quality fabrics are used in the piping, snap clasp, and cotton straps. They’re super versatile as well — their size allows you to tote it around for a day of grocery shopping or taking your laptop to work.
Meanwhile, those of you who are looking for something with style can browse through the KL Scarves collection. These are high-quality batik scarves that can be used in any setting and with any outfit. A true work of art, they’re a stylish tribute to our nation’s capital and are hand-painted on 100% silk.
5. Support a good cause
Those of you who feel like giving back to society this Malaysia Day can join SEED Malaysia, in collaboration with W Kuala Lumpur and Dusun | OpenHouse, in honouring our country’s diversity and inclusion during the month of September.
The month-long effort, called #NOLABELS, aims to raise money to support this brave and admirable initiative by SEED Malaysia, as well as to support notably under-represented groups in offering a wide range of services, resources, and even provisions to the city’s most marginalised communities. The initiative also aims to bring attention to human rights problems including equality, diversity, and inclusivity.
Anyone interested in supporting SEED Malaysia can do so by attending the events being held during the month and making a purchase of an entry ticket or other designated item in which proceeds will be contributed to SEED Malaysia.
Visit their website for more details on #NOLABELS.