Selamat Datang !!!
Selamat Datang is welcome in Malaysian language. This site is not only open to all Malaysians who reside in the state of Illinois but we encourage people with Malaysian connections to visit us wherever you are around the globe. If you are planning to visit, study or work in Illinois, you have come to the right place. We will assist you to get acquainted with life in this Mid-West state.
For those of us in Illinois and the neighboring states, please make this website as your one-stop resource and make new connections by joining the network. We are promoting the unity of Malaysians throughout this region and beyond.
Happy New Year 2011
MAI would like to wish a Happy New Year to all. May the new year brings us happiness and good health.
'Twas the night before Christmas... err actually it was three weeks before Christmas, Saturday December 4th. Chicagoland had transformed into a winter wonderland overnight. We had to drive through snowy roads to get to the MAI event on time. Yes, the MAI holiday open house was blessed with a white snowy backdrop. It was so pretty out there. The only thing we didn't have is chestnuts to roast in an open fire. However, due to snowy road conditions, not many Malaysians were able to attend the event although we were expecting more than 100 guests who have RSVP'd. About 70 guests attended, mostly Malaysian families. We also had guests from Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore.
Now comes the food, brought by some of the guests to share. We had Chicken Biryani (sponsored by MIDA - special thanks to Rita, MIDA Director), Pulut Kuning and Beef Curry, Nasi Himpit and Kuah Kacang, Roast Chickens and mash potatoes, Nasi Goreng, MeeHoon, Samosas, Christmas cookies, cake and other desserts. The highlight of the event was the Silent Auction, organized by Thanisha and Sly. There were six gift baskets to be auctioned and we had good participation from the guests. Our special thanks goes to the sponsors: Asian Noodle House, Penang Restaurant and Walmart of Crystal Lake. The winning bidders were Jamilah Huyer, Nick Nava, Pat Amponin, Liz Thomas and Fuad Ariffin.
We had karaoke sessions and story-telling session on childhood holiday experience shared among the guests. Finally the guests were entertained by our very own talented professional violinist Ms Bernice Ooi, who performed three classical songs. Bernice is currently a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra. A special thank you goes to her. It was a successful event and we hope everybody enjoyed the food, the entertainment and the chance to meet and greet their friends.
Feel free to browse the photos here.
Message from the Prime Minister's office
On behalf of the Prime Minister, let me thank you for this initiative which will hopefully go a long way in fostering better ties among Malaysians of various ethnicities. It is good to remind students of the strength of our unity based on the Federal Constitution and Rukun Negara, which has served us well since Merdeka.
Wan Ahmad Shihab Ismail
Special officer to the Prime Minister
Director of Public Relations.
MAI Bowling Tournament on Jan 23, 2011 @ 11am
UPDATE: Registration is now closed and team selection has been completed using a random generator program. Sorry, walk-ins are not allowed since we don't have enough lanes.
There are 14 teams altogether and the list is now posted at the MAI Group page in Facebook. Besides the challenge trophy, individual trophies will be awarded to the mens, womens and kids highest bowling average score. Medals will be awarded to the second place winners in each categories. As a bonus, there will also be prizes for mens, womens and kids single highest bowling score.
For those who are confirmed to play, please show up by 10:30am to allow time to pick up your bowling shoes and ball sizes. Payment for the lanes should also be made at the registration desk upon arrival. Please pay $10 for adults (or $14 with shoes) and $6 for kids (or $10 with shoes).
MAI is pleased to organize our first Bowling Tournament this month. This is an exciting and fun event for all Malaysian families. There will be categories for men, women and kids (8 to 15 years old). There is also a team category to win the MAI Bowling Challenge Trophy. The team will comprise of 3 adults (2 men and 1 woman).
The location is at Classic Bowl, 8530 Waukegan Rd, Morton Grove IL 60053.
2010/2011 Calendar of Events
MAI Aidil Fitri Open House - September 18, 2010
MAI Golf Tournament - October 16, 2010
MAI Soccer Tournament - October 17, 2010
MAI Deepavali / Aidil Adha / Christmas - December 4, 2010
MAI Bowling Tournament - January 23, 2011
MAI Chinese New Year Open House- February 12, 2011
MAI Summer Family Picnic - June 2011
>> MAI Bowling Challenge Trophy in Jan 2011
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