Paint The World begins an Oman-Malaysia fusion
From Malaysia to the Middle East, not bound by borders or specific communities, Paint the World is setting up to go global, country by country, with the latest addition being Paint the World in Oman.
According to founder of Paint the World Malaysia Aziza Aznizan, 19, the movement to a worldwide level has been made possible with a little New Year miracle.
“Paint the World has been spread to France, UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Malaysia, Georgia and now Oman.
“In every country, you can see different types of society, different culture and language altogether, but one thing that is the same, is the appreciation of peace and love,” she said when contacted recently.
Last January 2015, Aziza started Paint the World Malaysia with seven friends.
“While I trustfully hand it to the Malaysians who are doing such a brilliant job continuing the legacy and expanding the movement to over a thousand youths now all over Malaysia including Miri, Kuching and Johor Bahru I headed with four friends on January 4 this year to start Paint the World Oman.
“Although no one speaks English, just Arabic, it is not hard to send the same message and make people smile, the feeling is still the same when you know that someone is smiling because of you,” she explained.
Together with members of Paint the World Oman, they blew up some balloons, baked some cupcakes and headed out to Oman’s Cancer Association to spend time with the children.
Several students from her school, United World College of the Atlantic, also helped in the project including two Omani students who helped her with organising the event but could not make it on that day, namely Yousuf AlSalmi and Omar Alismaili.
“There are no borders, I am Malaysian but when I am in Oman, humans are still humans, and I still feel like everyone is family. I made many new Arab friends and even a famous Omani icon; Mayya Al-Said who is a blogger, YouTuber and Instagrammer who will attend PTW Malaysia concert 2.0 to be held on August 6 in Miri along with painters from Oman.
“This is just the beginning of Oman-Malaysian fusion,” she added.
Apart from Paint The World Oman, Aziza and fellow painters also organised several activities to help the needy in their hope to make the world a better place with youths from all over the world coming together to help in a good cause.
In December last year, they organised the #PTWRoadtrip, #PTWChristmasCarol, and PTW The Gift of Christmas Showcase in conjunction with the Christmas celebration.
During the #PTWRoadtrip held on December 3, 2015, a group of 20 young painters of the World set out on a journey around Miri.
“The trip organised by leaders Clinton Chua (CJ) and Clarissa Wee aimed to encourage youths to engage with what Paint The World actually do and why we do it.
“Apart from performing charity, it is also to unite youth to get to know fellow Mirians and a life-changing experience outside our pretty little bubbles of what life really is. New painters get to experience the whole process of Paint The World events, from blowing balloons and engaging the children into singing and dancing activities.”
They also visited the orphanage, juvenile centres, schools and autistic centre around and about the outskirts of Miri City.
Meanwhile, on December 10 to December 18, around 15 painters went from house to house to perform Christmas songs for the neighbourhood of Miri to promote peace and Christmas joy.
“Who knew Christmas carolling could bring so many people together and new friendships amongst the teens of Miri.
“In the spirit of celebrating Christmas, we continue to organise the PTW The Gift of Christmas Showcase that was held at Bintang Megamall on December 20. The three-hour event saw more than 100 Mirians attended the Christmas showcase organised by PTW Miri.”
The showcase included tens of young Mirian talents such as guitarists, singers, dancers, violinists, beatboxers and so on. It was such a successful show and it brought many young hearts together before Christmas to celebrate together regardless of race and religion.
The participants of the showcase included Motion Family Dance Crew, dancer Ivan Ong, singer and guitarist Peter Andika, singer Azlin Ahmad, singer and blogger Peter Eugene, singer Jeremiah, guitarist Don Chin, Favian Charis and Eileen of TRIO, violinist Vincent, dance group Priscilla & Crew, singer Marie Jill, dance group Peter & Crew, SASS Central Dance Crew and beatboxer Ruff Beatz.
On their upcoming activities, Aziza said that they will be organising the Paint The World Festival to be held at CityOne Exhibition Centre here in Kuching on January 23-24.
It will be attended by local artists, YouTubers like Nanasheme, Viners such as Aiman Afiff, DJs from Hitz, ERA and Cats FM along with CQ Music singers. It is organised by youths of Kuching including students from Technology College Sarawak led by Nazreen Hussain.
“Apart from that, Malaysian painters will fly to Georgia this March for the Paint The World Project Week where we will be meeting the minister of Georgia in the parliament, go on live TV shows interview, visit all the poverty areas on the outskirts of Tblisi, orphanages, cancer Centres along with the Georgian painters on a bus.
“Also, I can’t wait to see how my Malaysian friends will develop friendships and unity with people from all over the world of all walks of life. It will be interesting to see how all of us from various countries unite together in Malaysia soon to organise the Paint The World Concert 2.0, the Jews, the Christians, the Muslims, and the Buddhists, all these young kids working together and becoming responsible and peaceful world citizens. This is what we call as friendship and love without boundaries.”