Selamat Datang !!!
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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.
New photos in Photo Gallery
Enjoy the photos taken at the recent MAI Holiday event on December 4th, 2010. Click here to browse the gallery.
MAI Bowling Tournament 2011 on Jan 22, 2011
MAI is pleased to organize our first Bowling Tournament next month. This is an exciting and fun event for all Malaysian families. There will be categories for men, women, boys and girls (8 to 15 years old). There is also a team category to win the MAI Bowling Challenge Trophy. The team will comprise of 2 adult couples (or less based on the number of registered bowlers).
Please register here by January 15, 2011. The location of the bowling venue will be around the Skokie area. For more info, please click here.
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 22, 2011
MAI Chinese New Year Open House- February 2011
MAI Open Charity Golf - April 2011
MAI Summer Family Picnic - June 2011
>> MAI Bowling Challenge Trophy in Jan 2011
>> MAI Open Charity Golf in April 2011
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