Monday, April 02, 2012

Malam Johor Di Hati Ku

Picture taken with a Blackberry

The Persatuan Anak Melayu Johor (PMAJ) had it's annual dinner on Saturday night, March 31st recently at the Dewan Merdeka, Putra World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur.

Gracing the event was the Sultan of Johor, DYMM Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar and DYMM Raja Zarith Sofiah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah. It was truly nostalgic to hear the Johor state anthem played upon the arrival of Tuanku.

Present together was Deputy Prime Minister, YAB Tan Sri Dato Haji Muhyiddin Bin Haji Mohd Yassin, Menteri Besar of Johor and former President, YAB Dato Haji Abdul Ghani bin Othman, Minister for Higher Education, Dato Khaled Nordin, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Dato Ahmad Maslan and other political personalities from Johor.

Seen present is Shell Chairman and fellow Alumni, En Mohd Anuar Taib, Chairman of Apex Communications Sdn Bhd, Tan Sri Abdullah Ali and others not within sight of the filled to the brim Dewan Merdeka hall.

Also present from Apex Communication is ADUN Bukit Naning, Dato Abdullah Ali or Abang Dolah as we would address.

The Johorean bloggers Bigdogdotcom, Kuda Kepang and yours truly made our presence felt too.

Chairman for the Organising Committee and former Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Dato Syed Hussein Alhabshee made the welcoming speech and explained the theme of the night.

The night's theme was Johor Di Hati Ku and those present were asked to come in Baju Melayu Telok Belanga.

Sometimes we wonder if the young Johoreans know that Telok Belanga is in Singapore. Our late father used to serve at the Johor Sultan Mosque and Mausoleum, Masjid Telok Belanga.

Syed Hussein had also expressed the general sentiment of the attendees who were pleased with the presence of Tuanku and had come amassed. There must have been at least 1,000 present.

Someone in our table jokingly complained that a Syed should not be delivering the welcome speech since he can't be Menteri Besar in Johor.

However, there are others that realistically can't make Menteri Besar of Johor that night.

There was former Deputy President of Parti Keadilan Nasional (PKN), Abdul Rahman Othman from Muar, who had his family in the adjacent table. He quit the later PKR in June 21st 2007 and is now a member of PAS Subang Jaya. It's been many years since we last saw of him.

Perhaps, my father's cousin, 77 year old Haji Ismail, an avid Anwar supporter and living in Kg Tunku, present that night would not realistically make Menteri Besar in Johor too.

Have to hold back the identity of his son.

Before Tuanku delivered his speech, Association President and former Deputy Minister, YBhg Siti Zainab binti Dato Sheikh Abu Bakar delivered her speech to represent the members of Johoreans residing in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

In his speech, Tuanku expressed his happiness to be able to meet the Johorean dispora in the Klang Valley.

Tuanku believed Johoreans are proud and have strong affinity towards their home state despite seeking a living for many years outside Johor and established themselves here.

He asked Johoreans to maintain the good name of the state and preserve their Johorean Malay identity.

Tuanku acknowledged the many national leaders from the state of Johor and reminded them not to forget to bring development to the state.

On a lighter note, Tuanku quipped about if there are projects, give it to companies from or owned by Johoreans. Who else will help Johor, if not orang kita.

That way it could help to create job and grow the economy of Johor. Tuanku have expressed concern with projects in Johor that has not benefited the state, including Iskandar Malaysia.

Tuanku reminded members of PAMJ not to use the association for personal benefit but to help fellow Johoreans. Members should come forward to help and contribute to the association.

Johoreans, who have made it and are successful, should contribute their knowledge and experience to help the state of Johor grow and prosper.

On a serious note, Tuanku reminded those present that the power to award medals lies with the ruler. He will decide according to his observation and foresight. There should be no attempt to lobby and not to believe in any medal brokers.

Those qualified will have to be patience and continue their good work. Tuanku quipped that his vision is not dim yet.

In his final words, Tuanku asked all to pray for the safety and prosperity of Johor.

Those present were treated with a sumptous nasi beryani and entertained by recording artistes from Johor, Ayai, Syura and another one we can't recall.

There was an inspiring performance by a University Teknologi MARA student from Johor rendering the P Ramlee classic, Getaran Jiwa on a Chinese traditional musical instrument, the Erhu.

Johor is never short of talents in music. This blog here claimed there are more than 100 active ones.

The most prominent has to be Datuk Shake from Kluang Johor who made his name in France at an early age.

There are no shortage of Johoreans who travelled to Europe and played as sessionists with some big named rock bands in the 70s.

With the presence of Ghani Osman, the Zapin dance can only be expected. He has devoted time, money and effort to preserve and popularise Johor Zapin.

The night ended with the Johor state anthem replayed again at 10:30. Many took the opportunity to meet up old friends and resume their stately bonding.

Other than existing welfare and social events, many more events and programs to improve cooperation and networking could be done by PAMJ to help elevate Johoreans in their respective fields.

Let PAMJ not be just limited to those whose made it and trying to improve further but an association all Johoreans can have a sense of belonging to.

Proud to be Johorean.

Dewan Merdeka PWTC
March 30, 2012


Anonymous said...

Thany should decorate it with Johor Trees that many Johorean and ejen Tuanku don't know I can betina

Olek Skilgannon said...

Interesting timing, what with that "education seminar" in JB last Friday that got folks hot and bothered.

Sometimes we forget that Johorean Chinese, Indians and others are insignificant minorities in every sense of the word.

Or, maybe, it's "benign neglect", given the "fixed deposit" mentality that pervades that southern bastion of the BN.

A Voice said...

Olek Skilgannon

Sometimes you are so narrowed by your small island that you fail to see the real issue of this nuisance Dong Zong.

You see everything from your chauvanistic self centred Singaporean perspective.

We are building a Malaysian nation and not Singaporean Singapore version of Malaysian Malaysia.

Read Freddie's excellent piece,Uneducated Chinese Educated and Dong Zong.

Take your discussion there please. Reply will not be entertained.

Anak Johor belum merantau said...

You reported:

On a lighter note, Tuanku quipped about if there are projects, give it to companies from or owned by Johoreans. Who else will help Johor, if not orang kita.

No Tuanku. Sembah derhaka dari rakyat jelata ini.

That is you asking for more projects.

Many Johorean businessmen are advised by officials in State Government and State Linked Companies to get out of Johor.

Many are feeling the pinch of many surat kuning coming down to demand be given small business like a petroleum pump. Life is getting awfully difficult for the self employed.

If we are going to revert back to the olden days of being dependent on the generosity and benevelonce of our feudel kings and lords for our living, bye bye lah Johor.

Tuanku, you are a selfish and greedy King.

Any membership form PMAJ?

Anak java said...

I am vary happy to be able to sit same table with Kamal lawyer.He flew in from Dubai just to attend the dinner.asked to comment on Sultan speech,he just smile.There is nothing left for Johore people.You have to be close to Lim the ghost or Peter Lim or Daeing?.

Anonymous said...

Johor diaspora....many more to be as the underclasses will be pushed out from the gleaming Iskandar...and Johor's UMNO Iskandar elites will be without sits of power either in Federal Parliement nor in Johor State Legislature......

Nik Rahmoh

Anonymous said...

plse ask the sultan why there are not many people who tadah tangan semasa baca doa sultan masa sembahyang Jumaat, yang masa khutbah ada yg tak sama2 amin doa pun and yg lepas solat semua belah..tinggal yg saf sblah depa aje..yg terpaksa..

Anonymous said...

Kamal the lawyer was there???

Anonymous said...

apa lah nak bangga sangat dgn baju telok belanga ni..sekarang nak cari orang upah buat pun dah susah nak cari esp diJB dan mahal pulak tu..yang betul2 buat jahit tulang belot mcam mak aku buat dah tak ada..Telok Belanga mesti dipakai dgn sampaing dan seluar dia seluar macam cina dan mesti sama warna ..melainkan Sultan ..dia suka hati dia aje lah..pakai seluar warna lain..contoh yang tak betul !!!..
Now aku dengar majlis Kjaan Pusat di Istana Negara dah tak boleh pakai baju telok belanga lagi..malu lah Orang Johor!!!I am a Johorean through and through pakai plate kereta Johor di KL tapi dah tak proud lagi dgn Johor kerana Sultan masih lagi berniaga dan kena tipu esp dgn Cina

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