Insha'Allah Melayu UK will be organising/joint-organising the following events:
1. Wacana Islam Hadhari (26nd - 27th July 2008). This programme will be organised by Melayu UK and MSD London.
2. Girls Residential Summer Activity (27th July - 2nd August 2008). This is a subsidised event for girls age 14 to 19. Please contact Nabilah via email nabilah @ melayu.org.uk for more details.
3. BBQ day out at Platt Fields Park, Manchester (Early August 2008). This event is open to everyone regardless of whether they are Melayu UK members or not. Please contact Zurina, our Secretary cum North West Representative, via email zurina @ melayu.org.uk
4. A 2-day Islamic Medical Treatment clinic in Manchester (tentative mid July: date to be confirmed). Ustaz Trimizi from PISANG (Professional Islamic Support and Nurture Group) will be conducting the clinic for those who need screening or follow-up treatment.
We are also very pleased that membership of Melayu UK continue to increase and many Malaysian students are also benefiting from joint Melayu UK and PISANG activities. While our focus membership is still resident Malays (UK permanent residents and citizens), we still welcome others to join and benefit from our activities.
With the Malaysian government planning to increase non-bumiputra scholarship allocation from 10 percent to 45 percent, we will also see that Malaysian Malay student population in the UK will eventually decrease. This may cause some of the existing small Malaysian Malay student communities or organisations to dissolved because of lack of membership. Some of the bigger Malaysian Malay students communities or organisations may also see their membership dwindled, making their exiting roles less effective or even unsustainable.
With the expected decline in the number of Malaysian Malay students in the UK, we would expect many of them would join Melayu UK activities. This inevitably will require Melayu UK to provide new roles, take over roles from dissolved Malaysian Malay organisations, and to organise more events at regional and national levels.
The number of resident Malays in the UK will continue to increase, especially those who were born in the UK. It has become an obligation for Melayu UK to nurture the young members from this category. The Girls Residential Summer Activity is one of our initiative to instil leadership skills amongst them. Insha'Allah next year we will be organising an equivalent Boys Summer Activity. By investing in our younger generation, we will ensure that Melayu UK will continue to expand and provide valuable services not only to the Malay community but also to the British public.