Tourism Western Australia and Malaysia Airlines event

Saturday, July 10

It’s not often I get to work with Royalty. Come to think of it, I’ve never worked with Royalty!! But I did on this occasion.

The function was to honour the King and Queen of Malaysia on the occasion of their visit to Perth as part of the MAS Royal Golf Challenge. Tourism Western Australia’s Event Manager, Mark Gerovich, had called me on the Monday and asked if I would be available. I did have the Eagles game to do earlier in the day but I was keen to resume my acquaintance with some of the people from Malaysia Airlines. His Majesty Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, King of Malaysia and Her Majesty Tuanku Nur Zahirah, Queen of Malaysia were on a short visit to Perth where His Majesty was playing golf as part of the MAS Royal Golf Challenge.

Over the years I’ve learned a smattering of both Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Meleyu but I’ve long since forgotten it. However, thanks to the Malaysian Consul General I was able to read a short greeting in Bahasa, which seemed to go down well. Their Majesties seemed impressed and were very generous with their applause!

However, my feeble effort was completely upstaged by the welcome address from the Chairman of Malaysia Airlines, Tan Sri Dr. Mohammed Munir Bin Abdul Majid, who spoke in both Bahasa and English. OK, I’m prepared to grant you that Bahasa is his native tongue and it is a beautiful language when spoken by someone who was brought up in it.

All in all, a very pleasant night topped off by a fine performance by the band U2 Me, who for one number were joined on bass guitar by Malaysia Airlines External Relations Manager, Lokman Hj Ishak, who was more than competent!

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