Following the success of the Manchester Hari Raya Aidil Fitri Party in Manchester, another party to celebrate Hari Raya Aidil Adha was held there on Sunday 23rd December 2007. More than 100 adults and children have fun on the day.
The party started with a short briefing on Melayu UK by the president, followed by a talk on "The Importance of Eid Party to Family Values" by Shahine. In addition to the delicious food, children and adults enjoyed the day with a nashid presentation by MISG-ABIM, socialising, party games with prizes for winners and presents for all the children and youth.
We would like to thank all those who have contributed in various ways and participated in the event. We have also posted some photos on our website and we appreciate if we can get more photos of the event.
Program Bersama MBNNS - ABIM - Melayu UK - MISG-ABIM UK-EIRE
Melayu UK dan MBNNS menandatangai MOU
Melayu diaspora sudah berkembang ke seluruh dunia. Selain dari yang terdapat di nusantara, komuniti di Melayu di beberapa buah negara di dunia seperti di Sri Lanka, Surinam, Belanda, Afrika Selatan dan tidak ketinggalan di United Kingdom (UK). Walaupun diaspora Melayu tidaklah sehebat diaspora India dan Cina, tetapi taburan komuniti Melayu di seluruh dunia sudah cukup menggambarkan keunikan dan keistimewaannya yang tersendiri.
Melayu UK is currently expanding at a very encouraging rate. This can be shown by the response we had in the regional Hari Raya open house / party held in Bicester and Manchester recently. As our numbers have grown big, it is also appropriate for us to organise more regional activities.
It is also our intention that Melayu UK will be organising our own activities even in areas with large concentration of Malaysian students so as to encourage Malaysian students to interact with our members. To facilitate this, we have introduced new post of Students Liaison Officers.
With the current development, there is also a slight change in Melayu UK leadership.
Members are encouraged to contact the committee members and regional representatives to organise local events. Melayu UK will be organising a Hari Raya Aidil Adha party in Nottingham in December. Please contact David Storer david.storer @ melayu.org.uk if you wish to help organise it.
We are please to inform you that Zurina Ali has been appointed the Regional Representative for North West England. Members are encouraged to contact nearby representatives to organise regional events.
Zurina can be contacted via email zurina @ melayu.org.uk
It is important for the Malays in the UK to contribute to society. Other ethnic minorities such as the Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities have visible contribution e.g. the building of mosques, providing halal food outlets etc. The Malay community is comparatively a very small community and will remain small for the foreseeable future. The Malays cannot have the same impact as the Pakistanis or Bangladeshi by opening mosques or halal food outlets simply because of our small number. If the Malays excel in leadership, then our presence will be noticed and appreciated.
Melayu UK is a good platform for our youth to exercise their skills in leadership. Over the past 5 years since the establishment of Melayu UK, our activities have been attended not just by Malays but also by non-Malays of various background and ethnic groups , and also not to forget the local British. For the second and third generation Malays who were born and bred in this country, it has become natural for them to get along well with the local British regardless of their racial or ethnic background. In fact most feel more comfortable mixing around with local non-Malays than with Malay students who study in the UK. This is obviously not a healthy development and is currently being addressed with the increasing number of Malay students from the Malay world e.g Malaysia getting involved in Melayu UK activities.
The second and third generation Malays have now out-numbered the first generation Malays. The time is now right to start the process of transition of leadership of Melayu UK from the first generation to those born and bred in this country.
In order to get the second and third generation Malays more involved in Melayu UK, we have set up a Melayu UK Youth section. The target group is from 14 to 25 years old. This means that we are targeting members from high school, colleges, universities and those who are working. This will enable them to have a role and continuity in Melayu UK from a very young age.
We plan to have a smooth transition from Youth Section to Melayu UK main body. Youths who have left colleges will have dual-membership status i.e. youth section and the main body. This also means that they can hold posts in both Melayu UK Youth as well as in Melayu UK proper.
We have seen that in the first 5 years of Melayu UK, the leadership were held by first generation Malays. Most of the work done in the first 5 years were building the infrastructure for the next generations. The next 5 years will be a transition period where the leadership will be a mixture of first generation and those born in this country. We hope that the transition will be smooth and in 5 years time, Melayu UK will be led by those born and bred in this country.
Leadership will be meaningless if no new ideas come out from the leaders. Leaders who just follow what other have done are not true leaders but are just mere followers. As such we will encourage our youth to be more involved in intellectual discourse where they will be able to throw out new ideas. Melayu UK will put extra effort to make this a reality.
Hamidi Abdul Rahman
In line with our new drive for Melayu UK presence all over the UK, we have now established regional representatives whom you can contact to organise local/regional activities.
The Malaysian Students' Liaison has been established to ensure that the Malaysian students coming to the UK have an easily accessible contact point into the UK network.
Please feel free to contact them.
Alhamdulillah the Perhimpunan Keluarga 2007, held from 3rd to 5th August 2007, has been a great success. Members not only insisted that the Perhimpunan Keluarga should continue every year, but also requested another annual national event mainly for the youth.
This year's theme 'Empowering Our Youth' has made a great impact on the Melayu UK. For the first time in our Perhimpunan Keluarga, our youth have been able to play a more prominent role. This can be observed in our forum entitled "Empowering Our Youth" where 2 of our youth outlined new ideas for the role of youth in Melayu UK. The panel members of the forum were Hamidi Abdul Rahman (President, Melayu UK), Sarah Hamidi (Communications Officer, ISC (FOSIS), Mohd Zamri Abdul Hamid (Deputy Secretary MISG-ABIM UK & Eire) and Khaidir Jamal (President, MBNNS).
MISG-ABIM UK & Eire donated 10 Iqra' books (fast method to read the Quran) to the Cheshire Unit Keluarga. A brief ceremony was held on 4th August 2007, on the second day of Melayu UK annual Perhimpunan Keluarga, where Qurratul Akyun Daud (Secretary) handed over the books to Yaqub Allen, head of the Cheshire Unit Keluarga. MISG-ABIM has also pledged to assist our Unit Keluarga.
Unit Keluarga is the social network of Melayu UK where members in the region get together at regular intervals. Apart from strengthening the brotherhood and sisterhood amongst themselves, members of Unit Keluarga can also increase their Islamic knowledge through discussions held at their meetings. This will be of great benefit to our members, especially those who live away from Malay / Muslim community and also those who need to equip themselves in order to teach their children at home. An online resource is currently being built to assist our Unit Keluarga.