Our vision: To restore Malaysia to its founding values of 1957 – tolerance, diversity, progressiveness and unity, the building blocks of our nation. Our mission: To create a movement of 1,000,000 nation-builders through the sale of tee shirts, merchandising and community events. 40% of profits will be channelled towards empowering single mothers and underprivileged youth programs.Learn more
“I call upon you all to dedicate yourselves to the service of the new Malaya: to work and strive with hand and brain to create a new nation, inspired by the ideals of justice and liberty – a beacon of light in a disturbed and distracted world.”
The year was 1957. The crowd was 20,000 people strong. The heavy rain earlier that day did not stop the people from streaming through the turnstiles of Stadium Merdeka. The Duke of Gloucester, representing Queen Elizabeth II, handed over the Instrument of Independence to Malaysia’s first Prime Minister. The Union Jack was lowered. And with those spellbinding words, the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj set out his vision for a new nation – one built upon the values of justice, liberty, and unity.
Malaysia is a nation at crossroads. What are we going to do about it?
Projek57 is non-political and non-partisan. We are driven by positive values and uniting factors. Projek57 was birthed to encourage Malaysians to join a movement of nation-builders who sow hope for our nation. Projek57 was created as a social enterprise which sells premium quality, 100% made in Malaysia cotton tee shirts and other merchandise, featuring fresh and relevant home-grown designs with positive and meaningful messages about our nation. We organise and participate in community events. Projek57 also desires to be a means through which those who have less will find new opportunities to break free from the cycle of poverty. 40% of profits are channelled towards empowering single mothers and underprivileged youth programs.
Projek57 embodies the spirit of 1957, reflecting it in our present – and carrying it into our future. We believe our future depends on how well many different kinds of people can live and work together. We believe every Malaysian has a share in the future of Malaysia and a part to play in shaping that future, even in the smallest of ways. Will you come with us?
Buy a tee shirt or merchandise and wear or display the Projek57 message proudly. Tell your friends and family why you are wearing the tee shirt, and see where the conversation leads.
Participate in Projek57 community events organised by us. Relate your experience to your friends and family.
40% of profits go towards empowering single mothers and underprivileged youth programs.
Projek57 was started by two friends and business partners of over 10 years who both grew up in a multicultural environment. They sought to use their entrepreneurial experience to create a social enterprise that would encourage friends and community to do something, no matter how much or how little, towards the better future of Malaysia, and help someone in need at the same time.
Reminiscing about her best friend in the 70s, Ooi Meow Siew… "Kita pergi mana-mana naik basikal. Akak pergi rumah dia naik basikal... kita pergi shopping, pergi supermarket, pergi birthday party.” "Dia tahu akak kuat jaga agama dengan jaga solat. SO bila waktu solat di teman kak pergi surau.. Dia tunggulah kat luar" "Dia pergi kedai beli barang untuk dia sembahyang akak ikut sekali.. Kami hormati agama masing masing..." "Bila raya dia datang rumah, bila raya cina akak pergi rumah dia. Dia buat kuih bakul. Akak tahu dia boleh goreng lagi kuih jadi garing. Dia anak orang kaya so dia akan pilih limau, mahal, besar dan cantik cantik kasi kat akak" "Menghormati budaya itulah yang mengeratkan lagi hubungan kita berdua.."
Puan Siti Eshah
"I grew up enjoying high school where I did not remember my friends by their race, but by their jokes and funny faces. Working in Sarawak, you see even more of that openness. Regardless if you are Chinese, Indian, Melanau, Melayu, Iban, Kayan, Kelabit, Caucasian, friendship is extended. That is the Malaysia I hope my future kids get to live in. Where righteousness, unity and peace prevails, and where love is colourblind."
"After living abroad for some time now, it isn’t the food I miss the most but the people of Malaysia. Malaysians are generally warm, friendly, and helpful. We are more community-oriented, and less individualistic as a society. We have a “can-do, nothing is impossible” attitude. I still miss my growing up years in Teluk Intan, where I’d cycle to my classmates’ houses after school, do homework there, and their parents never noticed the colour of my skin but treated me just like any of their anak buah. My hope for Malaysia is that we will return to how we used to live – colourblind and focused on being a community that nurtures and supports each other."
"I look forward to a Malaysia where we don't have to be so segregated by race, a Malaysia where my future kids can get together with their relatives and friends during festive seasons, be it Christmas or Deepavali or Raya. For them to be able to work and be evaluated by their quality of work and not by their racial or religious background. For them to live in a nation where its government puts their citizens as a priority. This is the Malaysia I want for my kids in the future."
Joshua Anthony Hajok