My Thoughts: Cik Nurul on The Malaysia Book Of Records

The Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) is an official body that serves as a national record-keeper which acknowledges and celebrates the extraordinary feats of Malaysians that go above and beyond to break, create and hold records.

We believe that the Malaysia Book of Records embodies the indomitable human spirit and the quest for excellence. Even how the Malaysia Book of Records came about is a remarkable story of one man’s steadfast refusal to acquiesce to defeat. Malaysia Book of Records was created as a nation-building project in line with the government’s call for the private sectors to play its role in building towards a better nation. The Malaysia Book of Records was also made possible because of then, prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s “Malaysia Boleh!” campaign. We believed that we, from the Malaysia Book of Records, can help to spark the Malaysia spirits in every Malaysians. Aligned with our vision, the Malaysia Book of Records is set to motivate and inspire Malaysians to excel in various fields to the extent of surpassing the worlds standard. This also serves as a tool for highlighting Malaysia to the world. Putting the national interest above everything else was the driving factor that led us, the Malaysia Book of Records until to date. Many records showcased the ‘Malaysia Boleh!’ spirits among our extraordinary Malaysians. We recalled the world’s largest music lesson which made into the Guinness World Records for the ‘Largest Participation of Children In An Ukelele Lesson’. On May 15, 2019, a total of 2,869 pupils of SJKC Kuo Kuang 2, Johor, broke the world record, which was previously held by Japan with 2,480 students playing the ocarina.

Besides, Malaysia also received international attention when we have been mentioned in several international football news. The famous ‘Viking Clap’ heated the Kuala Lumpur’ National Stadium when 83,520 football fans broke a record for the ‘Largest ‘Viking Clap’’. Making history in the Malaysia Book of Records, the thunderous event took place on July 27, 2019, during the 2019 FA Cup Final between Kedah and Perak team. There were also volunteers from the Malaysian Muslim Welfare Fund Foundation (YDKMM) that have set a new record in the Malaysia Book of Records for compiling 21,000 pictures of memories with the Jalur Gemilang in Pulau Pangkor. The four-hour creative work saw 123 volunteers arranged the pictures on the Jalur Gemilang measuring 27.3 metres wide and 12.2 metres long, and the effort paid off when they earned entry as producing the ‘Largest Jalur Gemilang Photo Collage’ in the country. It was held to show the spirit of patriotism in conjunction with the National Day celebrations.

On August 30, 2019, armed forces veteran, Nasir bin Abas and Krishnan A/L Andy marked their name in the Malaysia Book of Records after they managed to complete the ‘Longest Distance Duo Run By Senior Citizens’. They began their run since August 19, 2019, from Dataran Alor Setar, Kedah before completed the 12-day mission with a total of 540 kilometres run at Shah Alam Convention Centre (SACC) Mall, on the eve of independence. This indirectly reflected the patriotic spirit among the people of various races in Malaysia.

To date, there are over 7,000 records, and we are looking into our 12th publications. From humble beginnings, the Malaysia Book of Records has served as a platform for Malaysians to be the best of the best by rising to greater heights of glory, achievements and excellence. 

Working for Malaysia Book of records has been an eye-opening for us. Our work of nature has brought us to many places all over the country, ranging from the space-age high-rises of  Kuala   Lumpur , to the smiling long-house villages of  Sarawak , the historic Malacca city, and the calm and powdery beaches of the Pulau Perhentian.  We also get the chance to meet many people, ranging from a high level of a corporate company executive, national sportsmen, well-known pop-star artists, to Orang Asli people. The diversity of races, religions and cultures is a significant characteristic of our nation since Malaysia is a multiracial country with a rich cultural heritage.  Although our record holders may be from different races, we still can tolerate with each other and celebrate their achievement together. We believed that this will help to strengthen the ties among ourselves as Malaysians. Throughout the years, our Malaysia Book of Records officers has travelled to every nook and corner of the country, sharing the pride, joy and happiness of our higher achievers. As long as new Malaysian record-breakers are falling under the spotlight, we will continue to emphasise, encourage and support attempts at setting and breaking records.

Written By:
Nurul Fatihah Mahmood
Researcher & Writer 
Record Holder Relationship Management