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.
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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.
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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.
2 hafizs who graduated from Darul Qur'an JAKIM Malaysia, Ustaz Tarmizi and Ustaz Faidhi, were the guests of Melayu UK for 1 month from 11 February to 11 March 2007. Their visit was to give them experience in working with the Malay community in the UK and at the same time also benefitting our members. Amongst the tasks they have accomplished were:
Meeting with members in the Oxfordshire catchment area
By Ahmad Kamil Tahir
REMBAU, Dec 31 (Bernama) -- Wan Taufiq Ali Osman is very much a Malay but confesses that he knows nothing about life in a kampung (village).
The 16-year-old was born and bred in London, to Malay parents Wan Ahmad Hulaimi of Terengganu and Zaharah Othman of Kedah, both of whom have been working in the United Kingdom over the last 30 years.
Understanding the eagerness in him to learn more about Malay culture, Wan Taufiq Ali Osman's parents did not hesitate to allow him to participate in the Malay World Youth Exchange Programme in Negeri Sembilan. "I really wanted to taste life in a kampung and look forward to participating in various kampung activities and learn about the life of Malay kampung folks from my foster parents," he told Bernama after the launch of the programme by Negeri Sembilan Youth Council (NSYC) President Khairil Jamal at Dataran Rembau, here.
Clad in Baju Melayu and wearing a songkokb (Malay traditional costume), he said that though there are many Malays in the United Kingdom, there were not many cultural activities except during Hari Raya or weddings. Wan Taufiq Ali Osman said that though they lived far away from their ancestral land, his parents always reminded him of their roots in Malaysia.
The family has visited relatives in Malaysia several times but this is the first time that he has come alone and said that he felt great to be here.
Along with Wan Taufiq Ali Osman are two other Malays, Lazim Yademe, 23, of the Cocos Islands, and Hassan Zainuddin, 22, of Saudi Arabia.
The trio are in a group of 20 people from the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Australia and Malaysia participating in the 10-day programme jointly organised by the NSYC and the Malaysian Islamic Youth Movement (Abim).
Besides taking part in cultural activities, the participants will stay with foster parents in Rembau and Jasin under a homestay programme. Lazim, who is fluent in the Malay language, said the programme would enable him to learn much more about Malay culture which he said had eroded in his place of origin.
He said that though his people back home could speak Malay they did not practise the customs and traditions as they were much influenced by western culture. "Therefore, an opportunity like this programme enables me to learn more about Malay customs and traditions, and I will convey what I have learnt to my people when I return," said Lazim, who is a ninth generation descendant of ancestors from Java in Indonesia. He said the Malays in this country are fortunate that they are able to safeguard their culture, religion and customs for generations in the face of strong western influence.
Meanwhile, Hassan said that despite being a Malay, he is more an Arab due to the fact that he understands and practises Arabic culture more. "I was born and raised in Saudi Arabia. Both my parents are from Kedah and they came to Saudi Arabia many years ago when my father pursued his studies in Islamic knowledge. That was the reason I am more comfortable in Arabic culture although I am a Malay," he said.
Hassan said that staying with foster parents under the programme would enable him to have a taste of Malay culture, like wearing baju Melayu and songkok as well as eating Malay food.
The participants had called on the Undang Luak Rembau Datuk Muhamad Sharip Othman at Balai Undang Luak Rembau here and were entertained to a silat (Malay martial arts) performance.
Daripada Zaharah Othman
RAMAI keluarga Melayu yang dilahir dan dibesarkan di United Kingdom sanggup menghantar anak mereka pulang ke Malaysia untuk lebih mengenali budaya dan agama selain bermesra dengan keluarga.
Selalunya mereka mengambil peluang cuti sekolah yang panjang untuk berbuat demikian. Bagaimanapun tidak semua boleh berbuat demikian dan memadailah dengan belajar budaya dan agama di rumah sendiri, dibimbing ibu bapa dan masyarakat sekeliling.
Sejak beberapa tahun kebelakangan ini, Pertubuhan Masyarakat Melayu UK mengambil inisiatif membawa keluarga Melayu yang bermastautin di sini meluangkan masa bersama sepanjang hujung minggu panjang pada Mei untuk mengenali satu sama lain menerusi pelbagai aktiviti, seperti ceramah, kelas agama, solat berjemaah dan kegiatan lain seperti memanah, mencari harta karun dan lain-lain.
Pada hujung minggu ini, lebih 100 keluarga berkumpul di Kibblestone Scout Camp di Staffordshire, sebuah kawasan besar di tengah England. Ini tahun keempat persatuan itu mengadakan perhimpunan keluarga yang bukan saja membawa keluarga Melayu Malaysia, tetapi juga Melayu Sri Lanka dan Afrika Selatan. Ramai juga yang berkahwin dengan orang tempatan membawa suami atau isteri dan anak-anak masing-masing.
Tiga hari setahun mungkin bukan tempoh yang lama tetapi, masa yang dikongsi bersama ini, tidak kira melalui aktiviti jasmani, atau bertukar pendapat, akan tetap meninggalkan kesan.
Aktiviti sebegini akan disusuli pula dengan penubuhan unit keluarga, perayaan Aidilfitri dan Aidiladha bersama dan yang terakhir, projek pertukaran belia.
Projek ini akan diusahakan bersama dengan Kumpulan Pengkaji Tamadun Dunia dengan Persatuan Melayu UK, yang diketuai usahawan Melayu, Hamidi Abdul Rahman yang sudah lama bermastautin di UK.
Tiga puluh anak muda Melayu dari UK akan pulang ke Malaysia dan tinggal bersama keluarga angkat di Negeri Sembilan, hujung tahun ini selama 10 hari.
Selepas itu, keluarga Melayu di UK pula akan menjadi tuan rumah kepada 30 anak muda dari Malaysia. Pertukaran seperti ini amat bernilai kepada belia berkenaan.
Setiausaha Kewangan persatuan, Azam Ashari berkata, perhimpunan seperti itu sangat bermanfaat kerana dapat merapatkan masyarakat Melayu di UK.
"Di sini yang tua bertemu yang muda. Mereka akan menceritakan pengalaman masing-masing.
"Kanak-kanak membuat persembahan pentas atau nasyid manakala mereka yang lebih tua menceritakan pengalaman datang dan bekerja di negara ini tiga puluh atau empat puluh tahun dulu,” katanya.
Perhimpunan keluarga tahun ini pasti mengulangi kejayaan tahun lalu dengan sambutan meriah dari semua pihak. Kegiatan persatuan Melayu UK boleh didapati di lama web www.melayu.org.uk
Sumber: Berita Minggu 28 Mei 2006