November 11, 2009
Assalamualaikum & Salam Sejahtera,
Norzana bt. Mustafa (Nana)’s father has passed away last night. A tahlil was done at her house in Cameron Road at 1:30 pm today and another one for women will be done tonight after Maghrib. On behalf of the community, I wish to extend my condolences to Norzana and her family. “Inna lillah wa inna ‘ilayhi raji’un”, To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return.
November 5, 2009
Hello everyone. Sorry for the slow updates as I am busy with lab work. I just got a new scientific equipment to use and it has been very hectic. Kak Ton and David will be holding a garage sale on the 6th and 7th of November, 2009. This garage sale will be held at David’s mother’s house. I won’t put the address of the house here due to security concerns so please contact Kak Ton for the address and confirmation.
October 28, 2009
Malaysia and New Zealand just signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that continues the good ties between the 2 countries. According to the New Zeland Herald, Malaysians are the 10th largest source of international students to New Zealand and suprisingly to me, the second largest source of PhD. students. As the increasing numbers of new arrivals here in Hamilton shows, there is an increase of 70% in the number of Malaysian students here since 2003. This bodes well for the vibrancy of our Malaysian community here. One of the aspects of the FTA is the “equivalency clause” where Malaysia will formally approve New Zealand academic qualifications and though I am not sure, could probably be reciprocal on New Zealand’s part too. This will mean more Malaysian students coming here to New Zealand and they would not have any problems with having their degrees recognized in Malaysia. I am happy to see that both countries have reaffirmed our friendship which dates back to the Battle of Malaya in WWII, the Malayan Emergency and the Konfrontasi with Indonesia.
October 26, 2009
A farewell BBQ was held on Sunday 25th October 2009 for Mursidi, our Imam 1 and long time member of the Malaysian community here. Mursidi will return to Malaysia on Tuesday 27th October, to resume his career at UKM after 3 years of staying here in Hamilton. He is well respected for his good knowledge of Islam, his willingness to lead prayers and tahlil, useful tazkirahs and a friendly personality. Despite this, he maintains a humble attitude and is always quick to deflect praise. We in the community will miss Mursidi a lot and hope that he will have a continuing successful career at UKM. I would like to also give my thanks to the organizing committee and Azmi as the host for organizing this BBQ. Click here to hear Mursidi’s farewell speech (video).
October 22, 2009
Now that Syawal is over, I will look back in review of our activities during Ramadan and Syawal. This year, our community had successfully held buka puasa and sembahyang terawih almost every Saturday and Sunday during Ramadan. We have had WUMA, the WUMC, Dr. Sazali and Hishyam (Morrisville) holding buka puasa events. The menfolk also had sembahyang terawih and moreh every Saturday and Sunday. What I like about the terawih is that we had our two Ustaz, Mursyidi and Faiz giving tazkirah after the prayers. This is good not only for our knowledge but also for our spiritual well being.
As usual, I went to the mosque to wait for the announcement of Hari Raya. Unfortunately, there were rumours being texted around about the date of Hari Raya. I would like to remind everyone to be patient next year and only accept announcement by FIANZ through the Hamilton mosque. On the night of the eve of Aidilfitri, we had the menfolk going takbir house to house to enliven the coming of Aidilfitri. This is the first time that it was done in Hamilton and I hope that this good tradition will continue next year.Abang Zul and Kak Hanim had graciously allowed their house to be used for Aidilfitri prayers this year. Ustaz Faiz gave the sermon and the prayers went without a hitch. We were then treated with delicious food and began our round of open houses.
On this website, I have made available the facility for our community members to list their open houses. Alhamdulillah, almost 20 houses were listed and they were all well attended. My own house ran out of food but my wife and I are pleased to have so many visitors. We had never held a “proper” Raya open house before but it was well worth it. As per tradition, Hisyam held his open house in Morrisville which were attended by Malaysians and Singaporeans from Hamilton and Auckland. Also this year, we had many other Malaysians near Morrisville also holding open houses.
Overall, I think that this year’s Ramadan and Syawal are a success and an improvement over last year. As insyAllah, I will be leaving New Zealand before next year’s Ramadan, I hope that the community here will continue these beneficial activities to strengthen the bonds of friendship and the communal spirit among us.
October 18, 2009
The outgoing WUMA Commitee members
Saturday, October 17, 2009. Following the meeting with the new MSD Director, Dr. Rosli Mohammed, the Waikato University Malaysian Association (WUMA) held its AGM to elect its new President and Committee members. The previous committee stood down due to most of them graduating by next year. After a round of good natured nominations and voting, Izhar (PhD. candidate) has been elected as President while Rashid (PhD. candidate) was elected to Vice President. Since there are currently no new undergraduate students, all of the positions were filled by postgraduate students. The full election results should be up on WUMA’s website soon. I wish to thank Hazwan and the previous WUMA leadership for all that they have done on behalf of the Malaysians here and also to congratulate the newly elected committee. I hope that the new committee will continue the excellent work and maintain good relations with the Malaysian community outside of the university.
The outgoing WUMA President (Hazwan)
October 18, 2009
- Dr. Rosli Mohammed giving his talk
Malaysian students of the University of Waikato had a productive meeting with the the new MSD Director to New Zealand, Dr. Rosli Mohammed on Saturday, October 17, 2009. Among the issues raised during the meeting were disaster and emergency preparedness and procedures, the issue of the UiTM fatal accident, insufficient living allowances, internet charges and immigration issues. Dr. Rosli had been very frank and forthcoming on these issues and had promised to look into them. Dr. Rosli also reminded students and Malaysians in general to always register with the High Commission upon entering New Zealand and to inform him of our whereabouts when we are travelling in New Zealand.
From the meeting, I went back with a good impression of Dr. Rosli as someone who is approachable and genuinely interested in the plight of Malaysian students and their families in Hamilton. He has also promised to be more involved with the students here and gave assurances that the High Commission, under the new leadership of His Excellency, Dato’ Hasnudin Hamzah is more proactive and caring of the Malaysians living or visiting in New Zealand. I hope that we can continue to maintain this good working relationship with the MSD. I also wish to thank Nuredayu , WUMA and all those who were involved in organizing this meeting on behalf of the Malaysian students.
Students listening attentively