Group picture of MAA leaders and us. L-R: Mr Steve Chai (property developer), Datuk Stanley Cheah (chain restaurant owner), H E Datuk Seri Jamaludin Jarjis, Mr K S Bong, YB Zulkifly Nordin, Datuk Hamidon Ali (the UN Permanent Rep/Ambassador), YB Datuk Richard Riot Jaem
On 9th October 2009, we were invited to attend a dinner function organised by The Malaysia Association of America (MAA) to celebrate its 25th Anniversary and 52nd Year of Independence of Malaysia. It was attended by about 800 Malaysians (many of whom have set up homes in New York) and some New Yorkers. I am proud to say that they are still very patriotic as we can see from the decors of the occasion with the “Wau Bulan” (kite) from Kelantan, the fashion show of Malaysian costumes with “kain songket” and the lion dance, which had the lion head decorated with a batek design – the first of its kind!