RECENT EVENTS FROM 2020-2021
MEET THE TRADE COMMISSIONER: TOM CALDER, QLD TRADE COMMISSIONER TO ASEAN
Our informative roundtable with Tom Calder, the Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for ASEAN, who joined us via live link from Singapore, was our last event of 2021. Tom gave us a great update on key ASEAN markets, including Malaysia and Singapore. Guests were able to ask industry specific questions and also hear how the markets are poised for post-COVID recovery.
CHRISTMAS BALL AT QUEENSLAND PARLIAMENT 2021
Our annual Christmas Ball was a spectacular night of entertainment, debate and networking, all in the hallowed atmosphere of the Premier's Hall, Queensland Parliament. Guests enjoyed a wonderful Christmas buffet and drinks, a spirited business panel discussion, and performances including classical music from the Lorimer family and Lana Zuber, and the spectacle of the pipes and drums.
20TH ANNIVERSARY OF SEPTEMBER 11 (9/11) COMMERATION AND DINNER
The terrorist attacks on the USA on September 11 2001 sent shockwaves around the world, altering the psyche of a generation and reshaping the political and strategic landscape. We joined together to remember those innocent civilians who died not only on September 11 but before and since in terrorist attacks around the world. We also paid tribute to our great ally and partner, the USA, bastion of Western values and ideals, and beacon of hope to all those seeking freedom.
CHINESE NEW YEAR 2021
We celebrated the Year of the Ox with an enthusiastic group of members and supporters at renowned Malaysian restaurant Ya Hoo. Starting with Yee Sang, we followed with a delicious banquet, delightful dessert and traditional exchanges.
CHRISTMAS BALL AT QUEENSLAND PARLIAMENT 2020
Beginning with drinks in the foyer and our ritual punch, we had an expert panel of speakers including business leader David Goodwin and former Speaker of Australian Parliament, the Hon. Peter Slipper. After a delicious dinner and dessert, we finished the night with an operatic performance by Glenn Lorimer.
75TH ANNIVERSARY OF VJ DAY
In recognition of the 75th Anniversary of Victory over Japan Day, we held a ceremony of remembrance at the Shrine at ANZAC Square. The lament played was by piper Lachie Munro, Kiong Chan read 'Mandalay', and Glenn Lorimer sang 'Advance Australia Fair' and 'God Save the Queen.' Following the ceremony we adjourned to a nearby restaurant for dinner.
BACK TO BUSINESS MINI-EVENTS
June and July 2020
After the lifting of lockdowns in Brisbane, we held two mini-events to bring people back to the CBD. In keeping with the continuing restrictions, numbers were restricted to ten people, allowing everyone to reconnect and share news and experiences during the lockdown.
As Malaysia's Pakatan Harapan coalition Government collapsed, we hosted the Malaysian Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, and we held a dinner at Queensland Parliament to discuss the political, strategic and economic implications for Malaysia. Having lead Malaysia out of 63 years of continuous rule by the previous Government, and having experienced less than two years of rule, the collapse was a shock but we are always hopeful for Malaysia's future.