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.
Persatuan Masyarakat Melayu United Kingdon (Melayu UK) and Majlis Belia Negeri, Negeri Sembilan (MBNNS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding today. Relationship between both parties have strengthened since the World Malay Youth Exchange Programme organised by MBNNS in Rembau, Negeri Sembilan and Jasin, Melaka at the end of 2006. Since then a delegation of MBNNS headed by En. Khaidir Jamal, the president, has made a reciprocal visit to Melayu UK from 1 August to 7 August 2007.
The MOU was signed on 3rd August 2007, the first day of Perhimpunan Keluarga Melayu UK at Youlbury Scout Camp, Oxford. Both parties are delighted at the signing of the MOU, which re-iterates the continuing cooperation in the youth exchange program between Melayu UK and MBNNS.
The MOU further strengthens Melayu UK international networking. This is an exciting chapter in the ever increasing prominence of Melayu UK, an organisation that represents the Malays in the UK.
A delegation of 10 people from Melayu UK and Majlis Belia Negeri, Negeri Sembilan visited Faith Regen Foundation in London today. The delegation include 2 youth from Melayu UK. Faith Regen is a charity organisation using faith as a method for tackling inner cities and community problems. The delegation were received by the Executive Chair, Brian McAndrew and the CEO, Dr. Husna Ahmed.
The meeting started with the introduction of Melayu UK and MBNNS to the staff of Faith Regen. After a presentation of the works of Faith Regen and their projects for the youth, MBNNS presented a video promoting Negeri Sembilan as a tourism destination.
Faith Regen has also expressed an interest in working with Melayu UK to identify future projects of common interest. Melayu UK has known Faith Regen for many years and both organisation shares common vision in building community relations.
The delegation also paid a courtesy visit to the Malaysian High Commission where they were received by the new Deputy High Commissioner, En. Rustam Yahaya.
Melayu UK will provide an online resource for members of Unit Keluarga. Access to the resource will be restricted to members of Unit Keluarga only. This service will be launched in August 2007 Insha'Allah.
Please contact us if you wish to be a member of Unit Keluarga in your area or if you wish to assist any Unit Keluarga or if you wish to assist in providing online content for our Unit Keluarga.