Jalinan Muhibbah Media Perak Malaysia ke Beijing China 2015

1. the delegation from Perak, led by Datuk Akmar Hisham Mokhles (front row, sixth from left), takes an official photograph with Malaysian officers attached to the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing, China

Led by the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary, Datuk Akmar Hisham Mokhles, a delegation of media representatives under the Perak Media Sports and Welfare Club where Datuk Akmar is the adviser, and selected non-government organisations, undertook a challenging goodwill expedition to Beijing, China last week, in the wake of the first anniversary of the loss of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 (MH370).

Jalinan Muhibbah Media Perak Malaysia ke Beijing China 2015

2. dialogue session in progress at the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing, China, between media representatives from Perak, Malaysia and officials attached to the Embassy, and subsequently with media counterparts and Malaysian students in Beijing

The expedition was also in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Malaysia and China. Therefore, members of the delegation had a serious mission to undertake as they acted as mini ambassadors, not only of Perak, but also Malaysia.

Jalinan Muhibbah Media Perak Malaysia ke Beijing China 2015

3. President of Kelab Sukan dan Kebajikan Media Perak (KSKMP) Wan Asrudi Wan Hasan presents a plaque of appreciation to defence attaché to the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing, China, First Admiral Zualkafly Ahmad. Far left is Minister Counsellor Norzuhdy Mohammad Nordin.

Our first official stop was the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing, where a dialogue session was arranged with the defence attaché First Admiral Zualkafly Ahmad and other heads of various agencies under the embassy. Ambassador H.E. Dato’ Zainuddin Yahya was busy and could only drop by for a short while to welcome this first media delegation to the embassy.

Speaking to reporters, First Admiral Zualkafly believed that the reason it was not as easy for the Chinese to come to terms with the MH370 tragedy was due to the one-child policy where some families have lost an entire generation.

However, he added that despite the incident, which caused a slew of controversies, diplomatic ties between the two countries are still as strong as ever. He said, “Kuala Lumpur-Beijing are celebrating forty years of diplomatic friendship this May 31 and our Prime Minister YAB Datuk Seri Najib is also scheduled to arrive to Beijing for the celebration.”

The dialogue session was also attended by local media representatives and Malaysian student associations in Beijing, to improve bilateral relationships between these fraternities.

Jalinan Muhibbah Media Perak Malaysia ke Beijing China 2015

4. group photo at the foot of the Great Wall of China

To symbolically show unity and support to all affected by the MH370 tragedy, the delegation climbed up the Great Wall of China, trekking approximately 3.7km uphill, and at the same time, distributing tourism brochures and flyers of Perak and Malaysia to tourists who were at the Great Wall that day.

Jalinan Muhibbah Media Perak Malaysia ke Beijing China 2015

5. promoting Perak and Malaysia as an ideal tourist destination through the distribution of flyers

Jalinan Muhibbah Media Perak Malaysia ke Beijing China 2015

6. promoting Perak and Malaysia as an ideal tourist destination through the distribution of flyers

Jalinan Muhibbah Media Perak Malaysia ke Beijing China 2015

7. at Tower 13, the peak of the Great Wall of China

It was a great platform to introduce Perak, as well as Malaysia, to a different group of travellers, many of whom have never heard of Malaysia before, despite the unfortunate incidents of MH370 and MH17 in 2014.

Jalinan Muhibbah Media Perak Malaysia ke Beijing China 2015

8. donating Al-Quran and Surah Yasin to the 1019 years old Niujie Mosque, the oldest mosque in Beijing

True to the media club’s objective to do charitable work whenever possible, during our 6D/5N trip in Beijing, we visited three mosques to hand over a total of 50 copies of Al-Quran and 600 copies of Surah Yasin, which were donated by Restoran Ali Maju Sdn. Bhd. The mosques were Niujie (oldest mosque in Beijing at 1019 years), Nan Dou Ya and Fayuan.

Jalinan Muhibbah Media Perak Malaysia ke Beijing China 2015

9. donating Al-Quran and Surah Yasin to Nan Dou Ya Mosque

All in all, as a member of the delegation, I would say that it was a success, all thanks to the hardworking committee of the Perak Media Sports and Welfare Club and adviser Datuk Akmar Hisham Mokhles, as well as sponsorship from the various government agencies and private corporations such as Sunway Lost World of Tambun and Impiana Hotel Ipoh.

Jalinan Muhibbah Media Perak Malaysia ke Beijing China 2015

10. group photo in front of the Beijing National Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest

Jalinan Muhibbah Media Perak Malaysia ke Beijing China 2015

11. Vice President of Kelab Sukan dan Kebajikan Media Perak, L. Manimaran, hands over a gift from China to one of the sponsors, Dato’ Jawahar Ali (2nd from right), Founder and Chairman of Restoran Ali Maju Sdn. Bhd., while the club’s adviser Datuk Akmar Hisham Mokhles (left) and president Wan Asrudi Wan Hasan (right) look on

Photos by Emily2U & Abdul Rasid Lamak/Kelab Sukan dan Kebajikan Media Perak (KSKMP)

Event: Jalinan Muhibbah Media Perak Malaysia ke Beijing, China 2015
Venue: Beijing, China
Date: 16th – 21st March, 2015

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