“Let us work together to help those who have fallen through the cracks.” Datuk Munirah Abdul Hamid inspires to Unite Asia.
Do you describe yourself as a natural leader?
Not always but sometimes I feel as though I have a better overview and can organise, strategize and deliver effectively if I were to lead. To lead, one must be realistic and grounded so step back from time to time to reassess one's strategies.
What do you feel most proud about?
Not proud but humbled that something I started so small has attracted much attention and support. It has opened our eyes and our hearts to help more people and it has opened the door for us to access the complexities of poverty.
Which is one of your most defining moments in life?
The first few deaths among our beneficiaries. I grieved for months but I am stronger now. We can try but we cannot change anyone who resists. Just make life less harsh for them.
Datuk Munirah Abdul Hamid,
Founder, Pertiwi Soup Kitchen.
Who do you admire the most?
My mother. She was simply kind. No one knew. No articles on her. No recognition. No social media. But I saw the kindness in her eyes, which were deep set like my eyes. I look in the mirror these days and see my mother's eyes. I was 16 when she died at the age of 52
What is your strongest personal quality?
I can multitask quite easily. For a restless school dropout, I am surprisingly very organised.
Who inspired you to push through rough patches?
My faith in The Almighty.
What does a perfect day look like?
I normally have my achievable goals set for the day. These are important to make us feel good and inspire us to do more. Then I must get at least 10000 steps each day and I love having meals with family and friends. Perfect.
Would you like to share your thoughts with your followers?
If only we could do more with likeminded people to help the poor and marginalised. There are plenty of touch and go initiatives but these are people who want to feel included. Spend time with them. Get to know them. Even if we cannot solve all their problems let us at least bring smiles and friendship but there is no need to share everything on social media.
How would you like to contribute to unite Asia?
Let us work together to help those who have fallen through the cracks. To work together, we must be prepared to serve with humility. We can identify all the communities in Asia in need of some assistance and we offer friendship at the very least. There must be apps to make this initiative possible. Unite Asia Volunteers.