Social network personality Anwar Hadi uses social media to champion the plight of the Palestinians, writes Izwan Ismail.
Awesome, funny, creative, cute. These are some comments on videos posted on YouTube by local social media sensation Anwar Hadi. Donning his trademark T-shirt and cap, Anwar video blogs on a wide range of topics: About his life as a student, about being Malaysian, about people he has met, about events and happenings around the world and more.
The laidback, cheeky presentations and video techniques are what attracted a sizeable number of followers to his video blogs. The 22-year-old, who is a fourth year student at Macquaire University in Sydney, Australia has created 40 videos to date.
For example, his video EwwW (www.youtube.com/user/IniAnwarHadi) on how Malaysians use the expression “EwwW” every time they speak has seen close to 700,000 hits. With his Kedah dialect and proficient English, the videos are really funny and well done.
This video won him the DiGi WOW 2011 Award in the Blogger Of The Year, Must-Follow Personality and Video Of The Year category.
The eldest of four says his interest in making YouTube videos started in 2010 when he was still in college in Penang.
“I’m a big fan of YouTube and I have spent many leisure hours browsing for funny videos,” says Anwar.
Initially, he made them just for fun and to improve his English communications skills.
“I recorded videos of myself conversing in English for about five minutes on my notebook and then I studied them. I must say this helped a lot,” he says.
Before he went to Australia, Anwar recorded a trip to Pulau Jerejak and posted it on his blog. When he showed his classmates, he received positive response. This encouraged him to start posting more videos on YouTube.
And he has not looked back since.
Anwar spends at least five hours online daily, on various social networks.
“My aim is to get Malaysians to think more. In my videos, I post a lot of questions to get people to think,” he says.
He’s also using social media to create awareness of the plight of the oppressed across the globe. Now, he is collaborating with non-governmental organisation Aman Palestin to get donations via his Facebook page for Gaza.
“The Gaza issue has always had my attention, and I want to champion the plight of the Palestinians in the best possible way,” he says.
He is giving away a self-titled T-shirt for those who donate RM200 and above “to encourage people to use their money for a worthy cause”.
Anwar Hadi can be followed on:
1. YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/inianwarhadi
2. Facebook: IniAnwarHadi
3. Blog: inianwarhadi.com
4. Twitter: IniAnwarHadi
I believe inianwarhadi.com should be one candidate for Malaysia best blog 2015.