In areas where there are a sizeable number of Malays e.g. London, there exists some platforms where they can interact amongst themselves. Elsewhere in the UK, the Malay community is generally dispersed with little or no interaction with fellow Malays. With many of them having children who are being brought up here, there is always a danger that the next generation of Malays may lose their religious identity and the Malay culture.
Even though there are a large number of Malay students in the UK, those who are resident in the UK find it difficult to interact with them. This may be due to lack of common interest and goal. The transient nature of the student population which come and go every so often also does not help.
There is a need for a UK-wide Malay society to cater for the welfare of the Malays who are resident in the UK. By residing in the UK we mean those who have the right of abode, been given indefinite leave to remain in the UK or British citizens of Malay descend. This will be the first UK-wide society which directly addresses the welfare of the resident Malay community in the UK.
The society will target the following categories for its membership.
The target groups include their spouses and children. Malays resident in the EU can also become members.
The society will be family-centric with a broad range of activities for the whole family, including children. The objectives are as follows:
We expect that some of our members may not understand or speak Bahasa Melayu. The society will use Bahasa Melayu and/or English as appropriate in its meetings and activities so as to be meaningful to its members.
We recognise that Bahasa Melayu will be a bonding factor amongst the Malay community. The society will endeavour to seek the assistance of educational experts to provide e-Learning of Bahasa Melayu to second generation UK Malays or whoever is interested in learning the language. Once implemented, it will also be useful not only to the Malay community in the UK but also to other Malay communities residing in other parts of the world.
Activities and services will be provided via the internet or at regional or national gatherings. The society has a website www.melayu.org.uk. Members are requested to visit the website regularly for the latest information. A YahooGroup discussion e-group has also been set up to enable members to interact with each other via the internet.
Melayu UK Facebook can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/groups/335451920167314/.
The official name of the society is "Persatuan Masyarakat Melayu United Kingdom". The name has been chosen to reflect the growing Malay community in the United Kingdom. The abbreviation of "Melayu UK" will be used to refer to the society.
Those eligible can apply for membership via online registration on our website or joining the Melayu UK Facebook.
We hope to increase the awareness of the existence of the society so that more people can contribute towards the development of the society and benefit from it. We also hope that information about our website and Facebook will be relayed to various people and relevant organisations to enable us to build up our membership.
We welcome voluntary contributions in all aspects from individuals and organisations to develop the activities and services of the society.