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.
A delegation from Majlis Belia Negeri Negeri Sembilan (Negeri Sembilan State Youth Council) will be in the UK from 1st August to 7th August as guests of Melayu UK. The delegation will comprise of Saudara Khaidir Jamal (President), Saudara Jufitri Joha (Secretary), Saudara Ravi (Executive Committee Member), Puan Rohana Amizman (Executive Committee Member), Saudara Khairolnezam Shaari (Executive Committee Member) and Puan Shamsiah Mohd Yunus (Volunteer MBNNS).
While in UK, they will be attending our Perhimpunan Keluarga and will also be having several meetings cum discussions with a few organisations in the UK. The delegation is a reciprocal visit under the Youth Exchange programme between Melayu UK and MBNNS.
Recently MBNNS organised a successful World Malay Youth Exchange Programme from 30th December 2006 to 5th January 2007 in Rembau, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. The programme has benefited our Melayu UK youths who were able to experience valuable cultural events.
The membership of Melayu UK has been increasing steadily and we now have a large number of youth in our organisation, those whom we consider to be the second and third generation Malays in the UK. It has been our vision since the formation of Melayu UK that our organisation will eventually be run by those who were born and raised in this country.
The Melayu UK Youth Section will be officially launched at Perhimpunan Keluarga 2007, which will be held at Youlbury Scout Camp, Oxford from 3rd to 5th August 2007. The new section will empower our youth to increase the networking amongst themselves and to organise local, national or even international activities.
Our Perhimpunan Keluarga this year will be held at Youlbury Scout Camp, Boars Hill, Oxford. The annual Perhimpunan Keluarga is a key factor in bonding the friendship amongst our members. As in the past, we are proud to inform that this year's Perhimpunan Keluarga will be also attended by many non-Malays. This proves that the resident Malay community is not an isolated community but is increasingly playing a bigger role in the British community.
Perhimpunan Keluarga is a very important event for Melayu UK members. It is an event for the young and not so young, an event where new friendship is made and old friendship is strengthened, an event for recreation and for intellectual discourse.
The number of second and third generation Malays in our community has increased steadily over the years. This year's Perhimpunan Keluarga will also be the beginning of the active participation of our youth in influencing the direction of Melayu UK for years to come. Their participation is very much needed for the smooth transition of leadership from first generation Malays to those who were born and raised in this country.
This year we have booked 2 buildings with basic indoor accommodation. Members are requested to register early to enable us to allocate the indoor accommodation accordingly. Those who wish to camp should bring their own tents.
ITEMS FOR SALE
We will provide an area where participants wishing to sell items can display their products. To ease planning, please let us know in advance any products that you intend to sell. There will be no charge for the facility.
Friday 3rd August 2007
1600 Arrival and Registration / Orienteering
2000 Welcome speech and Briefing
2015 Dialog between Melayu UK and MBNNS
Signing of MOU between Melayu UK and MBNNS
Presentation by MBNNS: Act Tourism Through Youth Tourism
2130 Maghrib prayer Reflection (Jufitri Joha - MBNNS)
2255 Isha’ prayer
Saturday 4th August 2007
0500 Subh prayer
0900 Group activity
1000 Archery / Air-rifle shooting (concurrent activities)
1100 Archery / Air-rifle shooting (concurrent activities)
1200 Group Activity 1315 Dhuhr prayer
1330 Lunch 1500 Archery /Air-rifle shooting (concurrent activities)
1600 Adventure Course / Traversing Wall
1720 Asr prayer
1750 Group photograph
2000 Forum: Empowering Our Youth
Hamidi Abdul Rahman - President, Melayu UK
Mohammad Zamri Hamid - Assistant Secretary, MISG-ABIM
Sarah Hamidi - Communication Officer, ISC (FOSIS)
Khaidir Jamal - President, MBNNS
Moderator: Jufitri Joha - Secretary, MBNNS
2130 Maghrib prayer Reflection (Jufitri Joha MBNNS)
2255 Isha’ prayer
Sunday 5th August 2007
0500 Subh prayer
0730 Breakfast 0900 Group Discussion:
1045 Evaluation & Closing ceremony
1115 Games for children / Adults tidy-up
CHILDREN (HIGH SCHOOL / COLLEGE): £15
CHILDREN (3 – 11): £12 CHILDREN (UNDER 3): FREE
FEES INCLUDE CAMPING FEES, ACTIVITIES AND FOOD
Payment A minimum deposit of 20% is required upon registration. We encourage participants to pay the full amount to ease our cash flow.