Hurray! It’s MCD Family Day!

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Come and join our 2016 MCD Family Day!
Following the tradition of the Club, this is a day dedicated to all of you: the Mums, the Dads and especially the Children. We want you to have fun and lots of fun together at a family amusement park near Frankfurt.

Date: 11th September (Sunday)
Time: from 11am onwards
Venue: Freizeitpark Lochmuehle, Lochmuehe 1, Wehrheim (approx. 30 mins drive from Frankfurt)
Charges: Free for registered MCD members; Euro 16 per person (non-MCD members), Euro 12 per person (non-MCD members kids between 9 and 12 years old inclusive)
Direction to Lochmuehle Park – click here

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Freizeitpark Lochmühle has been an extraordinary and popular attraction in the Rhein-Main area for more than 40 years. The park grounds, which have, in the meantime, grown to 16 hectares, attract visitors from all over Germany and offer ample possibilities of retreat, even at peak times.

As a former corn mill with an agricultural enterprise the Lochmühle consciously dissociates from the large, high-tech parks. Instead of offering a few huge attractions with – often – long waiting queues, we count on variety and diversity in a rural environment.

For more information about the park – click here


Please find enclosed the flyer and registration form (Flyer-final)
We would appreciate your reservations in advance to the event, but latest by 4th September 2016.

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#AnakAnak Malaysia Walk 2016 in Frankfurt

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This is the second year EcoWorld and Star Media Group, which owns The Star newspaper, organise the Kami #AnakAnakMalaysia event in conjunction with the Merdeka/Malaysia Day month celebration. Malaysians living and working in Frankfurt and surrounding regions answered this call with our Unity Walk at the iconic Dom/Römerberg in Frankfurt city.

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HAPPY MERDEKA* / MALAYSIA DAY**, MALAYSIANS!

* 31st August is the Independence Day of Malaya in 1957
** 16th September is the formation of the Federation of Malaysia (Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore) in 1963. Singapore left the Federation in 1965 to be its own sovereign country.

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Al-Fatihah to Family of En. Abu Bakar Mat

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This morning we in Frankfurt received a shocking news of the sudden passing of En. Abu Bakar Mat in Kangar. En. Abu Bakar was the spouse of MARA director in Frankfurt and  he and his family have recently returned to Malaysia after a 4-year stint in Germany. En. Abu Bakar was the first winner of MCD Champion Cup at the National Sports Day celebration in Frankfurt last year. He was an avid badminton player.

MCD Patron, President and all club members express our deepest condolences to the family of Pn. Rohana Md. Yunus of their sudden loss.

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Eid-Mubarak Malaysian-style at Consul-General’s Residence

After a month-long fasting in the month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world celebrate a thanksgiving in the month of Syawal. Eid-Mubarak means “Blessed Celebration”. It has been an annual tradition of the Malaysian Club Deutschland (MCD) to host the Malaysian-style Eid-Mubarak celebration with our Malaysian-German members and their families and guests. This year, both the consul-general of Malaysia in Frankfurt and MCD jointly hosted the event at the Consul-General’s official residence in Sachenhausen on 28th July.

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Our lovely Consul-General Adina Kamarrudin and spouse Mahzan Samad in their traditional Malay attire.

The joint event kicked off in the afternoon with the official celebration with guests of our host Consul-General Adina Kamaruddin and her spouse Mahzan Abdul Samad. Her guests include fellow consul-generals from Pakistan Nadeem Ahmad, Turkmenistan’s Orazmukhamet Annabayez, deputy CEO of KT Bank Ahmet Kudsi Arslan, German tourism agency Wolfgang Meschonat. The guests were entertained with live demonstration of grilling chicken satay, our famous Spiess (skewer), making roti canai and ABC (ais batu campur), a mixture of syrup and sweet condiments on shaved ice. The guests were extremely delighted with our Malaysian way of celebrating one of the important festivals in the Islamic calender. The event is also a showcase of the diversity and inclusiveness of our Malaysian culture wherever we are – in and outside of our home country, according to Adina, who is also MCD’s patron.

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Our German guests enjoying themselves and posing for a photo shot.

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ABC is always a crowd-puller and no one does it better than Michelle Chan as server

The informal celebration begins in the evening for MCD members and their family members, Malaysian students as well as consular staff. This year, the event is “by-invitation only” to club members as part of the Club’s appreciation to our members for their continuing support. The resounding success of past club events such as MCD Ball in 2015 and the recent Parade der Kulturen in 2016 owed greatly to selfless contribution of time and efforts of many members within and without of Frankfurt. Such was the spirit of camaraderie (muhibbah) and gotong-royong that has made the club a successful and still around for the past 19 years. In fact, many of these members were behind the scene in preparing the food for our official guests and members in the past 3 days, under the leadership of club patron Adina Kamaruddin and president Rosita Heilek.

Like the saying goes, “the way to a (man’s) person’s heart is through his stomach”; and we Malaysians sure know how to hit the right chord. Our traditional delicacies such as satay ayam, nasi empit, beef rendang, roti canai,, mee goreng and various types of Raya kueh definitely made it to the stomach and heart of consul-general’s official guests and our members. No one would deny the signature dish of our consular-general – lamb curry – was the best and none left till the end.

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Some of Malaysia’s heart-warmers. No one would deny themselves a second or third helping.

Such events not only bring our members closer together but also members whom we have not seen for many years returning. In fact, we recruited a handful of new members and brought back old ones. We hope that through such events and more publicity given, we can bring all Malaysian diaspora together.

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Selamat Hari Raya Aidil-fitri to our Malaysian family and to all our Muslim members and friends all over the world! Maaf, Zahir dan Batin.

For membership information, please visit http://malaysianclubgermany.de/about-us/membership/ or contact our secretary Iris Schneider at mcd.deutschland @ yahoo.com.

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Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2016 from MCD

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MCD Patron, President and ExCo wish all our Muslim members and friends
Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri (Eid Mubarak)

 

P/S to all MCD members: Watch out for our “by invitation only” joint Consulate-MCD Raya Celebration on 30th July.

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Multi-cultural Malaysia Working Hand in Hand at Parade 2016

Visitors to MCD booth at Parade der Kulturen (Parade of Cultures) 2016 were curious about Malaysia. Who are Malaysians? This is a common question posed to us whenever we talk about Malaysia, be it at work or at such events. I have been living in Frankfurt for 5 years and even at workplace, having to explain what or who Malaysians are invite oohh and ahhs. Unlike many countries which are mono-ethnic, Malaysia is made up of Malay, Chinese, Indian and indigenous people of Orang Asli, Sabah and Sarawak.

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It is no wonder that visitors are surprised to see many faces from different races – Malay, Chinese, Indian, indigenous or mixed. We speak English as well as our Malay language (Bahasa Malaysia) and our respective mother tongues. This makes Malaysia truly unique. It makes Malaysia MALAYSIA.

Seeing different races coming and working together has been a part of our Malaysian culture, MUHIBBAH – goodwill and camaraderie – and a spirit of gotong-royong. Members, family and friends have been working hard for the past 2 months preparing ingredients for many main dishes such as rendang tok, curry puffs, chicken satays, curry chicken. Our MCD Patron and Consul-General of Malaysia in Frankfurt Adina Kamaruddin has been a motiving force in encouraging and supporting our planning and preparation. She offered her official residence for us to prepare the base materials.

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See you again at Parade der Kulturen 2018!

 

Photos courtesy of Uwe Fisher/malaysia-insights.de and MCD members.

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Visit Perak 2017 at Parade der Kulturen 2016

The state of Perak is one of the 14 states that made up the Federation of Malaysia. “Perak” means silver in English and is one of the richest states in Malaysia due to its vast tin resources. During the heydays, Perak was the world centre for tin production. Perak is also famous for its beautiful limestone hills and caves which dot the its state city Ipoh and its surroundings. No visit to Perak is complete without visit to limestone caves and savouring the local delicacies such as rendang tok, dim sums and the famous ipoh white coffee.

In conjunction with Visit Perak year 2017, the Consul-General of Malaysia Adina Kamaruddin mooted the idea with Malaysian Club Deutschland, Tourism Malaysia in Frankfurt to highlight and promote the state of Perak at the Parade. This is part of the transformation and inclusivity programme by the Consulate-General of Malaysia in Frankfurt in recognition of the active participation MCD plays in Germany in bridging cultures and introducing sights, tastes and sound of Malaysia.

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Malaysian Club Deutschland (MCD) serves the popular Perak dish – Rendang Tok (Beef Rendang) as part of its offerings at the Parade. Traditionally, this rendang was served at palaces in Perak for the royal family and guests. Tok in Malay means “grandparents” as is “datok” (da-tok) but it also means elders.

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It was our fastest selling dish that we had to turn down many disappointed visitors, some who had been to Malaysia and tasted rendang tok and felt in love with it. Well, at least one visitor was very pleased with her rendang tok. We hope to bring back this dish in Parade der Kulturen 2018.

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For more information about the state of Perak and Visit Perak 2017, visit Tourism Perak Malaysia.

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Photos courtesy of Uwe Fisher/malaysia-insights.de and MCD members.

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Malaysian Specialties Attract Crowd at Parade der Kulturen 2016

Every 2 years, members and friends of Malaysian Club Deutschland (MCD) dish out the best of Malaysian specialties at Frankfurt’s Parade der Kulturen (Parada of Cultures). The Parade is a one-day event, open to overseas clubs and societies registered in Frankfurt as part of the city’s aim to promote its potpourri of international residents. Over 100 clubs serve their respective local delicacies and handicrafts.

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MCD members have been planning for more than one month what Malaysian delicacies that we would serve. Many names popped out – nasi kandar, char koay teow, mee mamak, pasembor …. but in the end, these won the day and the heart of our visitors – chicken satay with real peanut sauce (not peanut butter sauce), roti canai with dhal or curry chicken, murtabak (oh yea!), taufu sumbat (makan sampai lompat), our Perak specialties – rendang tok (beef rendang) and pineapple pajeri, curry puff, pisang goreng (banana fritter) and our world famous teh tarik, sirup limau (lime syrup) and fast- and best-selling ais batu campur (ABC).

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Despite heavy shower at the start of the event, it did not stop the crowd from coming to our stall. The smell of our satay truly attracts many visitors who are curious of this specialty. In fact, these were selling like hot cakes.

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