VJ Day Commemoration and Dinner

 

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We marked the 70th Anniversary of Victory Over Japan Day (VJ Day) in the former General Headquarters of the Supreme Allied Commander in the Southwest Pacific, General Douglas MacArthur. We held a memorial service at the Shrine of Remembrance at ANZAC Square, where Shona conducted a service before our piper played a lament. Afterwards we adjourned to the MacArthur Museum for cocktail and dinner. Guests included Consul General Dr Zhao Yongchen of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China accompanied by Consul Zhang Wei and Vice Consul Ding, Claudia Luttringhaus representing the German Consulate, and Deputy Consul General Takahiko Watabe of the Consulate General of Japan

 

 

Visit of the Deputy High Commissioner and the Second Secretary

 

22-14 August 2015

 

We hosted the vist of Malaysia's Deputy High Commissioner to Australia Mr Zamani Ismail and the Sceond Secrretary Mr Hezry Arifin to Queensland.  Both dilopmats attended AMBCQ's Australia Malaysia Ball, and we also visited a number of stakeholders in Brisbane and the Gold Coast including the Asset Institute.

 

 

Australia Malaysia Ball

22nd August 2015

 

Official guests in no particular order:
• Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Parliamentary Sec to the Attorney General (representing the Australian Foreign Minister and the Attorney General for Australia)
• The Hon. Dr Anthony Lynham MP, Queensland Minister for State Dev, and Minister for Resources and Mines
• The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of Brisbane Cr Graham Quirk and Lady Mayoress Anne Quirk
• Mr Zamani Ismail, Malaysian Deputy High Commissioner
• Mr Hezry Arifin, Second Secretary
• Ms Alison Carrington, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Queensland state office
• Cr Norm Wyndham, Brisbane City Council
• Cr Matt Bourke, Brisbane City Council
• Cr Fiona King, Brisbane City Council
• Bert Van Manen MP, Federal Member for Forde
• The Hon Bernie Ripoll MP, Federal Member for Oxley
• Mark Boothman MP, State Member for Albert

Dinner with the Hon Scott Emerson MP

17th July 2015

 

We hosted a private dinner with the Hon. Scott Emerson MP, Queensland Shadow Minister for Transport and former Transport Minister. Scott is a dynamic leader with a distinguished track record. He and his wife Robin were renowned for their active involvement in the Brisbane community in the western suburbs. Scott was the Queensland bureau chief for Australia’s national daily newspaper, The Australian. Following this, he became a director in a PR firm before entering politics. Scott is a Churchill Fellow and spent time at Harvard University as part of his fellowship. He is also a long time AMBCQ member.

It was terrific to catch up with Scott, and with Brisbane City Councillor Cr Matt Bourke and many other friends. Scott gave us a terrific speech and Q&A, and we were all able to share our views and discuss key issues. 

Brisbane City Council Parkinson Ward Dragon Boat Festival

 

8th June 2015

 

We have been involved in the organising committee and as participants in the Brisbane City Council Parkinson Ward Dragon Boat Festival since its inception five years ago, and we work closely with Cr Angela Owen-Taylor and other co-organisers.  This year, we had only half a team because many of our AMBCQ Water Dragons members from last year are now temporarily or permanently based overseas in Europe and Asia, and Canada (Singapore, Malaysia, Sweden, UK, the Netherlands, Canada etc). A couple of our team members were ill or injured, and the Karlssons had pre-arranged a camping trip away. We competed with half a team, and found a few great volunteers on the day including two lovely Canadians. In the finals we only had 15 paddlers and five empty seats so we were happy to finish third. Imagine what we can achieve with a full team! Common AMBCQ members, join in, and commit to it.

Eurovision Party

 

29th May 2015

 

Our 2015 Eurovision Party, held in conjunction with the Nordic Forum was great fun, and we had a gathering of friends from all over Europe and also the Asia Pacific. We projected the contest onto a screen, and ate European and some Austrian food because the 2015 contest was in Vienna. We had veal schnitzel, chicken schnitzel, smoked salmon, several breads, pickled cucumbers, sauerkraut, Swedish mustard, and Garth made some great savoury muffins for entree, and a tryly delectable sticky date pudding with toffee sauce and whipped cream. Although it was a little cool, we also had an outside section and had two flame heaters and a lovely little bonfire outside. Thanks to our fire master (master fire bug) Marten Karlsson for helping to get the fire started. Guests dressed in Austrian, Polish, German, Swedish and other colours. 

Mayor of Malacca Delegation to Brisbane

25th May 2015

 

We received a request from the Malaysian Government to assist the Mayor of Malacca and his delegation to organise a courtesy call on the Brisbane City government. Malacca City Council is significant and would be the second largest city council in Australia if it were located here. The delegation was led by Dato Zainal Hussin, Mayor of Malacca, and with him were 16 City Councillors, 12 senior Council executives and several other officers. It was a very senior delegation.  AMBCQ organised to meet the delegation, and gave them a warm welcome to Brisbane. We also organised an exchange of mementos with the delegation.  Cr Norm Wyndham was marvelous, and was a terrific host to the visitors. The delegation received a welcome address, a private tour of City Hall and a visit to the Museum of Brisbane. Thank you to Cr Norm Wyndham for being such a wonderful host to the visitors.

Malaysia: Gateway to ASEAN Seminar with DFAT, TIQ and AMBCQ

30th April 2015

 

We co-hosted the Malaysia - Gateway to ASEAN seminar that was organised by DFAT, as a joint effort of DFAT, TIQ and AMBCQ.  More than 100 business people attended the event in Brisbane.  The seminar featured His Excellency Rod Smith PSM (Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia), Ms Susan Kahwati (Senior Trade Commissioner in KL), Shona Leppanen-Gibson (President AMBCQ) and Kiong Chan (SVP, AMBCQ).  Attendees were able to mingle over mornig tea, before the start of the seminar. Thank you to the Queensland Government for hosting the venue and for providing refreshments.

Lunch in Honour of the High Commissioner of Malaysia to Australia

 

18th April 2015

 

We had the great pleasure of hosting a Lunch in Honour of the High Commissioner of Malaysia to Australia His Excellency Dato’ Zainal Abidin Ahmad and his wife Datin Shireen Dato’ Sulaiman.    We organised this lunch in 24 hours and kept it small to allow participants to get to know our guests of honour. Shona and I hosted the lunch at our office in the boardroom.  Our boardroom curry tiffin featured several classic Raj-era curry tiffin dishes:

 

 

Lord Mayor of Brisbane’s Citizenship Ceremony at City Hall

 

AAt City Hall, we caught up with some good friends including Cr Angela Owen-Taylor (who as always did a great job as Master of Ceremonies), Cr Ian Mckenzie, Duncan Pegg MP who represented the Premier of Queensland, Peter Russo MP, and Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Deputy Police Commissioner Ross Bates, and representatives from the Royal Australian Air Force and Royal Australian Navy, and others.

Meeting with Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah and YB Mr Liew Chin Tong MP 

 

 

9th April 2015

 

Despite it being a very last minute event that we organised with only a few hours notice given to members, it was great to see a group of members and supporters attending our informal meeting with two prominent thought leaders in Malaysia, Mr LIEW Chin Tong MP and Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah CEO of the Global Movement of Moderates, an organisation whose patron is the Prime Minister of Malaysia.  Dato’ Saifuddin was previously an UMNO MP for Temerloh and Deputy Minister for Higher Education.  He is hugely respected for being a voice of reason and has often thrown his support behind students and academics who have faced various challenges.  Mr Liew is similarly reasoned, and is a young and dynamic DAP MP for Kluang, and his talents has seen him rise rapidly in his party. 

 

 

 

AMBCQ Chinese New Year Dinner

 

AMBCQ had the great pleasure of hosting a Chinese New Year Dinner on the rooftop of Queensland Parliament for 70 guests, including Duncan Pegg MP for Stretton, Mayor of Redland Karen Williams and Councillor Luke Smithrepresenting Logan City. 

Asia Pacific Cities Summit Official Launch by the Lord Mayor

26th February 2015

 

We attended the launch of Brisbane City Council's biennial Asia Pacific Cities Summit 2015. It was lovely to bump into Lady Jane Edwards, a distinguished business person and wife of one of my dear friends and heroes, who has for many years been the source of much leadership wisdom for me to try to emulate - the legendary Sir Llew Edwards. Lady Jane Edwards is also the Honorary Consul for France.

 

We also caught up with many other friends including the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, the Mayor of Logan, the Mayor of Scenic Rim, Cr Angela Owen Taylor and Cr Julian Simmonds Councillor for Walter Taylor Ward, the Honorary Consul for the Netherlands Sir Kasper Kuiper, the PNG Consul, friends from the UK Consulate, Amelia Chan and numerous other friends. This year’s APCS will feature Lord Sebastian Coe CH KBE and numerous business and government leaders from the US, Europe and Asia. Kiong (Wai Kiong Chan)

Logan City Council Chinese New Year Lunch

25th February 2015

 

Kiong and I attended the Logan City Council’s Chinese New Year lunch reception at the Chung Tian Temple.  We caught up with Mayor Pam Parker, Cr Luke Smith, Cr Steve Swenson and numerous friends from LCC and elsewhere.  Chung Tian provided a terrific vegetarian lunch and we all received a warm welcome from the Abbess of the Temple. 

 

Logan City Council is one of the largest local governments in Australia behind Brisbane and Gold Coast, and is far larger than Melbourne City Council.  It was impressive to hear about all the exciting news from Logan City Council and its Office of Economic Development, and AMBCQ looks forward to continuing to work closely with Logan City Council to promote bilateral trade and investment.

 

Shona Leppänen-Gibson, President AMBCCQ

2015 BrisAsia Festival Launch

6th February 2015

 

Launch of the Brisbane City Council’s BrisAsia Festival, one of the many international festivals held annually, with Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Lady Mayoress Anne Quirk.

 

This evening’s launch of the BrisAsia Festival was wonderful, and we enjoyed some lovely hospitality and great food and beverages, and beer from China, Japan and Singapore. There was a great Bollywood band, and plenty of entertainment and performance art. It was a pleasure and privilege to once again be hosted by the Lord Mayor and by the City of Brisbane.

Farewell Party for HE Paul Madden FRGS CMG

4th February 2015

 

Shona and I were honoured to join His Excellency Paul Madden CMG FRGS, the High Commissioner for Her Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom and Mrs Sarah Madden at the Polo Club. Paul’s tenure as British High Commissioner to Australia is ending after just over four years, and he has been travelling around Australia to say goodbye to all his friends. Paul arrived in Brisbane today and invited a small group of us to his farewell. In celebrating Paul and Sarah’s time in Australia, Shona and I presented the High Commissioner and his wife with a framed hand-made replica of the first ever map of what is now the Brisbane River (Oxley’s map from his 1823 expedition to what is now Brisbane and Moreton Bay one year before settlement began), made by Australia’s only remaining antiquarian mapmaker Edwin Clarke. We will miss Paul and Sarah and look forward to continuing our friendship.

 

Kiong (Wai Kiong CHAN)

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Australia Day 2015

 

AMBCQ was privileged to once again attend the Lord Mayor of Brisbane’s annual Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony in City Hall, the biggest of its kind in Australia. Met up with some good friends including John Kahlert from the German Business Association, Cr Angela Owen-Taylor (who did a great job as Master of Ceremonies), Cr Norm Wyndham, Anthony Shorten MP who represented the Premier of Queensland, Lord Mayor Graham Quick and Lady Mayoress Anne Quirk, A/Deputy Commissioner of Police Clem O’Regan, and representatives from the Royal Australian Air Force and Royal Australian Navy, and others. Happy Australia Day!

Nordic Forum and AMBCQ Christmas Party

13th December 2014

 

We enjoyed a simple Nordic Julbord  - Swedish rye crisp, pepparkakor (gingerbread), smoked salmon, ocean trout, cold ham, lingon sauce, dill mustard, gurka (pickled gherkins), sweetmustard, beet salad, fruit platter, cheese platter  and various nibbles, fruit punch, wine and beer - and Tomte/Tonttu brought some gifts for the children.  Fortunately they were all well behaved and none of them received a lump of coal from the Joulupukki (yule goat). We held the event at extremely short notice - just over 24 hours - due to uncertainties with the weather. It was wonderful to have several dozen members, friends and supporters at the event including several overseas visitors.  Merry Christmas everyone! Glædelig Jul! Hyvaa Joulua! God Jul Ett Gott Nytt År!

 

Shona Leppänen-Gibson, President AMBCCQ, Chairman, Nordic Forum

 

 

 

Brisbane City Council Corporate Christmas Party 

6th December 2014

 

Kiong and I attended the Brisbane City Council Corporate Christmas Party with baby Suvi.  It was a nice opportunity to catch up with many friends including Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Cr Kim Marx, Cr Angela Owen-Taylor, Cr Krista Adams and many others from business, industry, public service and the consular corps. 

 

It was lovely to see Brisbane City Hall draped in the colourful lights that were used recently when the city played host to the G20 Summit.  

 

Shona Leppänen-Gibson, President AMBCQ

 

Christmas a’la Malaysia with Master Chef Adam Liaw
20th November 2014

 

AMBCQ had the pleasure of working with the Trade Commission to organise the Christmas a'la Malaysia Dinner, with Australian TV Celebrity Chef Adam Liaw. It was lovely to have the support of more than 140 official guests and good friends. Also present were renowned restaurateur Wolfgang Kaspar and award winning baker and Brisbane's 'King of Cakes'Wolfgang Kelke, and other well known restaurateurs. It was lovely also to have the Malaysian Trade Commissioner Nor Hayati Abu Noh (based in Melbourne) and Deputy Trade Commissioner Jude Bryan Dass fly to Brisbane and they did a wonderful job promoting bilateral trade. Thank you to Lucas Follbring, Maniphon Follbring, Tan Han Shen, and Nicole Ngfor all the help and to all AMBCQ members for supporting the Christmas dinner. Merry Christmas everyone!

G20 Reception for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

16th November 2014

 

A large group of our members and supporters attended the Reception in Honour of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the G20 Summit in Brisbane.  It was a really hot day - 40 degrees Celsius. We were taken out of the long queue when our dear friend Police Commissioner Ian Stewart personally intervened insisted that we get in front of him because he said we had a new born baby . 

The kids received invitations to the event and were very excited to be attending an event during G20. We saw the US President’s helicopter Marine One taking off from Brisbane and head towards RAAF Amberley, to send the US President to the awaiting Air Force One (that was the closest we ever got to the President).

It was nice to catch up with many friends including the Lord Mayor of Brisbane; the State Attorney General; the Police Minister; the Minister for Science, IT, Innovation and the Arts; numerous Councillors and Mayors; State MPs and Federal MPs; and the consuls from various countries and many others.

 

Premier of Queensland’s Reception for the Indian Community

28th October 2014

 

A group of our members and supporters attended the Premier's Reception at Queensland Parliament like we do each year. I like to think of it as a part of our annual Deepavali celebrations (which for all intents and purposes, it is). It was lovely to catch up with many old friends and acquaintances such as Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts the Hon. Ian Walker MP, Peter Dowling MP, Ray Stevens MP, Michael Latter MP, Trevor Watts MP, Mark Boothman MP, and Neil Symes MP - all great fellows. Also lovely to catch up with many other friends. Happy Deepavali!

 

As many of us celebrated Deepavali that evening it was worth remembering the services of our late Mentor Dr Peter Yeoh without whom there would be no such event at Queensland Parliament during Deepavali or indeed Chinese New Year.

 

 

 

Canberra Catch Up

30th September 2014

 

Went to the Malaysian High Commissioner's residence for an official reception and caught up with a few friends such as the British High Commissioner and others such as the Slovak Ambassador, the Polish Ambassador, the Indonesian Ambassador, the Croatian Ambassador, the Iraqi Ambassador, the South Korean Ambassador, the Singaporeans as well as the current head of the Australian Defence Force, the former head of Defence Force Air Marshall Angus Houston (who led the Joint Agency Coordination Centre's search for missing flight MH370), senior army, air force and navy officers from Malaysia and Australia, and many others.

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Entrepreneurship Panel with UQMSA

 

Very happy to support our friends at UQ Malaysian Student Association by participating in this discussion panel. On the panel were AMBCQ committee members Isobelle Torralba, Financial Advisor with Morgans, Shaeed Mohammed, BOQ Manager, Dr Sushil Pandey, Chief Scientist with Qld Health, and myself, GM with Paradigm Infinitum. Thank you to Leroy, UQMSA President, for inviting us, to Tan Han Shen for facilitating the panel and to all at UQMSA for having us.

50th Anniversary of Bilateral Relations - Casual Dining Out

 

As a bilateral business council, the AMBCQ celebrates Australia Day and Malaysia Day every year. This evening we organised a very casual dinner at Waterford in Logan to celebrate the 51st year of the formation of Malaysia and the 50th anniversary of bilateral relations. The food this evening was a great reflection of Malaysia - sago from the indigenous tribesmen, and all types of dishes with origins or featuring key influences from India, Southern China, Indonesia, Europe as well as our mother country the United Kingdom.

 

Members enjoyed fish head  curry, braised pork belly, marmite chicken, kangkung squid, and butter oat prawns, followed by sago pudding, banana fritters and fried ice cream and Carlsberg beer.

AMBCQ Ball 2014

 

Our annual AMBCQ Australia-Malaysia Ball was held on Friday night and as usual we had a wonderful time, thanks to all who supported the event. It was great to celebrate with our key supporters, USQ, Griffith University, Logan City Council and Air Asia X, and numerous other members.

Carrom 

August 2014 - Ongoing

 

The AMBCQ encourages members to take part in activities outside of work and business.  Pictured are Cr Krista Adams, Cr Matthew Bourke, Ilkka Chang and Kiong Chan enjoying a game of carrom.  Carrom is a game that was popular in many British colonies and territories, and AMBCQ members from Malaya, India, the UK, Kenya, Tanganyika, North Borneo, Sarawak, Rhodesia, Ceylon and Singapore will know that it is still played in those places.   Carrom is not only a great game but it also helps bring people together socially. 

 

Apart from diplomatic, trade, investment, government and business events, AMBCQ members meet in Brisbane for carrom and other parlour games over a curry tiffin and traditional Malayan and Straits Settlements beverages such as Gin Pahit, Whisky Stengah, Gin and Tonic, Brandy Ginger Ale, sherry, beer and shandy.  Our Carrom group is expected to be very popular amongst members from Australia and abroad, and is an acknowledgement of Australia and Malaysia’s proudly shared British heritage.  

Kiong (Wai Kiong CHAN)

 

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Dragon Boat Tug-O-War

 

August 2014

 

Recently, the AMBCQ Water Dragons participated in a one-off event at the Manly Pool to support the Brisbane River Dragons, who provide training for our dragon boat team.  The Tug of War was a very different and fun event and our team came a very impressive third place overall, including against some very practised teams.  Photos and video of the event are available in our Facebook group, and a video has been uploaded to our Youtube channel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSm8NMWO0RI 

 

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Dinner with Joe Backwell

This evening in our private dining room at the Stamford Plaza Brisbane, we had the pleasure to host a special visitor from KL, Mr Joel Backwell. Joel is Australia’s Assistant Trade Commissioner in Malaysia. He is an Arts/Law graduate, majoring in Indonesian language, history and politics. After graduation, Joel worked for an Australian law firm Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills) as a lawyer, which included stints in Jakarta with Indonesian law firm Soemadipradja & Taher and with Santos, a major Australian oil and gas company. Between 2010 to 2012, Joel was a senior policy adviser in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, and contributed to a number of Victoria’s international engagement policies. In 2013, Joel was appointed as Australia’s Assistant Trade Commissioner to Malaysia at our High Commission in KL.

Early Oktoberfest Celebration

 

Yesterday we held an ‘Early Oktoberfest’ in our garden with AMBCQ members, with a blue and white theme to pay homage to the Bavarian flag. We also had the honour of hosting the President, committee and members of the German Business Association. Unfortunately the German Consul is in Europe and could not make it. Still it was loads of fun. The event was held in honour of the AMBCQ Water Dragons, our boaters, who again competed cleanly and as usual they did very well again finishing with a silver. We thanked all paddlers, not forgetting the special contribution of Sapphira Toh and our drummer Isobelle Toh. Other boaters present were Joel Kok, Claire Taylor, Liesha Karlsson, Marten Karlsson, Sim Chan, Shona and myself.

Queensland Day Citizenship Ceremony 

7th June 2014

 

Every year, Shona and I are lucky to be invited to attend the Queensland Day Citizenship Ceremony as guests of our state. This year the event was hosted by our lovely friend, Assistant Minister Robert Cavallucci MP, representing the Premier, and also in attendance was our Lord Mayor of Brisbane - Graham Quirk, the best Lord Mayor our city has ever had. It was also good to catch up with several friends including Freya Ostapovitch MP for Stretton and also Pat and Nick Xynias who is my dear friend and my fellow member of one of the Lord Mayor's Roundtables. It was also lovely to chat with Clifton Hefner of the Australian American Association and his partner Teresa Craig.

 

What a pleasure to connect with other patriots. As always I renewed my pledge of loyalty to Australia and of course I never fail to include a special pledge to Her Majesty our Queen. God Save the Queen! Happy Queensland Day!

 

Kiong (Wai Kiong CHAN)

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Parkinson Ward Hakka Association Dragon Boat Festival

1st June 2014

We came second!!! Huzzah! We placed first in both our heats, and came second in the final. Congratulations to the Vietnamese community team on winning for the fourth year in a row. Thanks to Wai Kiong Chan for all the organising, logistics, cooking, tea making, and everything else he always does. Thanks to Sapphira Toh for organising and leading the team and lending her dragon boating experience. Thanks to Marten Karlsson and Liesha Karlsson for helping us to bring equipment (and Ilkka), and to the many people who turned up early to help set up. Thanks to Katherine, Kimberely and Albert for joining us, and to Albert's girlfriend (I'm sorry, her name escapes me) for stepping in and helping with the kids too. Thanks to Ju Ween and Andrea for all the help herding and entertaining all those kids (8!). And thanks to Kiong and Ju Ween for taking most of these photos.

Premier's Chinese New Year Reception

 

We managed to catch up with Premier Campbell Newman and Mrs Newman, Mark Stewart MP, Anthony Shorten MP, Freya Ostapovitch MP for Stretton, Tarnya Smith MP, Health Minister the Hon Lawrence Springborg MP, Cr Vicki Howard,Cr Steven Huang, Cr Angela Owen-Taylor, Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts the Hon Ian Walker MP. It was a great opportunity to catch up with the Premier, Ministers and MPs and Councillors, and most of them have been our good friends for many years and continue to work hard for the Queensland community.

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Queensland Trade Commissioner to ASEAN

 

AMBCQ had the privilege of hosting Queensland’s newly appointed Trade Commissioner to ASEAN, Mr Marah Hoessein Salim. Hoessein flew in from Singapore to Brisbane for a series of meetings before starting his Jakarta Indonesia based-role. We continued with the tradition of hosting Trade Commissioners at our home to create a more personal touch to a new working relationship. Hoessein was previously a Consul for Singapore and a Centre Director for Singapore’s Trade Development Board in various countries around the world. His last several positions were as a senior executive in several government-linked corporations including Jurong Town Corporation, Ascendas and lately Keppel Land International, where he served as Assistant General Manager. Hossein speaks several languages, and was able to put his linguistic skills to good use at the dinner.

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Deepavali Celebration at Parliament House

 

The wonderful concept of such receptions at Parliament can to a significant extent be attributed to our mentors Peter and Alice Yeoh who helped to introduce these Parliamentary receptions many years ago.

It was also great to catch up with our friends Freya Ostapovitch MP, Steve Minnikin MP (Assistant Minister for Public Transport), the Hon. Ian Walker MP (Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts),Tarnya Smith MP (Assistant Minister for Child Safety). The Hon Scott Emerson MP (Minister for Transport and Main Roads), Ian Berry MP and others, sorry we missed catching up with you.

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Griffith University Symposium

 

Shona Anikka Leppanen-Gibson and Wai Kiong Chan were honoured to be invited by our alma mater Griffith University to chair a panel and to be a panelist respectively at a symposium today - Griffith University Symposium: From Classrooms to Careers - Evolving Education for the Asian Century and Beyond. Many thanks to Nicole Graham for organising a splendid day.

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50th Anniversary of the Formation of Malaysia

 

In 1963, four countries - British administered North Borneo, British administered Sarawak, the British territory of Singapore, and Malaya came together as EQUAL partners to form Malaysia. At least that was the idea anyway, and with that Malaysia was born!!

Gentlemen were asked to dress like James Bond (or Dr No!). For ladies, we suggested Jackie Kennedy, Brigitte Bardot, Audrey Hepburn, or Jean Shrimpton. 

Featuring a dance floor with a selection of hits from the early 1960s through to present day hits including many 1963 numbers.

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