Message from Club
Year! A new year brings with it new challenges. For the
club, it means creating interesting and exciting activities to
encourage the get-together of its members. The success of the
club relies on the active participation of its members so I thank you
in advanced for your support in however and whichever ways that you can
This coming annual general meeting in March 2011 will be about the
election of the new board of committee members for the next two
years. All are invited and I look forward to seeing many of you
To join the club or to renew your club membership, you can do so on
that day or via bank transfer. Thank you and I wish you all a
happy and prosperous new year.
name is Hui-Ling Ng and I was originally born in Penang, Malaysia. I've
been living in Munich since 2007. Before that, Frankfurt was my home
for 7 years. I've been living in Germany for almost 12 years now. My
husband, Olaf hails from Hamburg and has been living in Munich for 30
years now. Our daughter, Vanessa just turned 3 years' old on February
5th this year. We are lucky to have found the Malaysian Club as it
gives us an opportunity to catch up with fellow Malaysians who live in
the Munich and surrounding area. We look forward to meeting more fellow
members in the future.
Lay Peng from Penang, is married to Ingo Zielke. They live in
Munich with their 4 boys: Zino, Nico, Ben and Jonas. With the newest addition (Jonas) to her family, her hands and time are rather tied-up otherwise she enjoys getting together with fellow Malaysians for good food and a good time.
was full in the Kam Yi restaurant. Our two long tables nearly
took up half of the room. Many members and non-members turned up
for the Chinese New Year dinner. Amongst us were two new family
members present. A short and sweet speech was given by I-Leng and
then she on behalf of the club, gave out Ang Pows to the children and
the single members of the club.
March 02: MCB at the Malaysia Europe Forum MEF
be honest I didn’t have any motivation to go there. But now, I
have to say that I would have regretted it if I hadn’t gone. So
what was it all about? “The global green agenda: Securing a
sustainable future” was the motto of the day.
Actually this forum was held for all those companies who would like to
share their views and ideas about green technology. We heard very
profound reports. After the introduction, the welcoming and
opening address, the forum started with two reports, both moderated by
H.E,Datuk Zakaria Sulung Ambassador of Malaysia to the Federal Republic
Part II was headlined by “Promoting Responsible Business: Impact
on Community, Environment and Marketplace” moderated by Ms Millicent
Danker, member, board of trustees of MEF. Tan Sri Dato Ir.Jamilus
Hussein, Chairman, Construction Industry Development Board, Malaysia
eloquently talked about “Turning Green - The Construction Sectors Takes
the Lead “. Followed by Mr. Marcus Strangmueller of Siemens AG who gave
a good summary about his company efforts in different green fields of
the industrial market: “Sustainability - a World of Opportunities”
- “Towards Tomorrows Economy, Today” held by Datuk
Jalilah Baba, General Director of MIDA (Malaysian Industrial
Development Authority), who by the way is soon opening another office
here in Munich.
- Second, we heard a review summarizing “Balancing Consumer Demands of
Sustainable Products with Business Expectations” By Mr. Danny Ong,
Vice-President Sales & Marketing of Top Glove Berhad.
Right after lunch we had the IIIrd and second last part “Alternative
& sustainable growth policies: what can Malaysia offer?” moderated
by H.E.Dr.Guenter Gruber, Ambassador of the FRG to Malaysia.
First Mr. M R Chandran, advisor to the executive board, Roundtable on
Sustainable Palm OIL (RSPO): “RSPO: a global standard for sustainable
Palm Oil” and Dr. Nagendra Bala Sundram Minister Counsellor-Malaysian
Palm Oil Board, Embassy of Malaysia and Mission of Malaysia to
the European Communities, Brussels about the topic: ”Palm Oil: Friend
not Foe”. Both fighting eloquently and profoundly for the
sustainability of Palm Oil compared with other oil-products like sesame
or rapseed-oil. It was merely the best I have ever heard about the Palm
It only was topped by the last and best speech I have ever heard by Tun
Musa Hitam Chairman of Sime Darby Group Malaysia about: “Sustainability
Taking a Leaf from Malaysia’s Plantations Industry”. You would
have been fascinated by him and his report.
And what had Malaysia Club Bayern to offer? We left our addresses
and web-page to the MEF for all those people who will come for some
time to Munich or Bavaria within the next foreseeable future and would
like to contact us to participate in our activities or even better, to
become new members.
For all those who couldn’t participate in the forum, here’s the web link to MEF.
By Hans G. Borchart
annual general meeting was brought to order at 3 pm. Like in
previous years, it was a time to reflect on past events, how it could
improve, the club’s expenses, etc and then to plan the coming year’s
activities. Amidst all this, there were foods aplenty on the
table. Some were contributions from fellow members. Farah
and Kan-Ern brought individually wrapped Nasi Lemak and a type of Malay
kuih wrapped in pandan leaves into a square shape. The club
itself sponsored two cakes and tea bags. Others brought tid-bits
and various Malaysian instant coffee powder to share around.
was the first time a bowling competition was organized by the
club. Farah and I-Leng were in-charged and it was a
success. Many people turned up. Initially we thought
four lanes would be enough, but in the end we had five lanes
altogether. Best of all, one lane was used just by the little
ones guided by a few willing single members. Allow me to say
thank you all very much. It was like baby-sitting for us parents
so much so that the other four lanes for adults were given a fair
competitive chance, not counting the ability of each individual.
The group winner for the competition was Toby’s group! Win or
not, we all agreed it was fun and look forward to the next bowling
match in 2011.
to Aine and Toby’s connection to the Hort in Unterhaching, we managed
to get the use of its dining room and its sports hall for our sports
and potluck day. The “fee” to participate was a potluck
dish. It was very nice to see that every inch of the buffet table
was taken up with delectable Malaysian dishes.
We started off with the sports part. Toby did a splendid
job in organizing the various games. It was a lot of fun. A
few did not participate in the games because they had to take care of
the little ones, but those who did, enjoyed themselves immensely.
We went back to the kitchen/dining area for the second part. It
was feasting time. There were so many yummy Malaysian
foods. And plenty to go around. We ate to our hearts
Then we all went back to the sports hall for the prize giving.
That marked the end of the program. Together we all cleaned and
brought the place back to rights. We are very thankful to be
given that opportunity to use the Hort facilities.
in the morning, it proved to be a warm day. We met early at the
Munich Hauptbahnhof. Got on the train and settled down for the
ride. From Bad Tölz we took a short bus ride to Blomberg.
Once there, we went up the mountain with the Blombergbahn. That’s
a two seater lift. We hopped onto the chair two at a time. Very soon we arrived at the top.
Greeneries. Fresh air. Wonderful scenery. That was
what greeted us there. We started walking towards the
Blomberghaus. It was quite a bit of a walk. Along the way
we saw some artfully done paintings on trees and wood carvings.
We were quite hungry when we reached the restaurant. Hui Ling and
family joined us at that point.
a good and hearty lunch we split into two groups. One group took
the Blombergbahn down and the other group went by Germany’s longest
Sommerrodelbahn. At the bottom once again, the children were attracted
by the small entertainment park. There’s
a driving station where children can drive Mini-Karts and Mini-Bikes.
Steffi loved the Bungee Trampolin. Where were the adults?
Those who were not standing by looking after the children were at the
Blombergtenne (café) having coffee and cakes.
Then Hui Ling and family drove home by car while the rest of us took
the bus back to the train station, which brought us back to Munich,
tired but happy.
The evening was a big success!
No wonder, with all the time and effort put into the planning and
preparation by the committee. By 18:00 hours, the foods were on
the buffet tables, the drinks corner set up and the decoration of the
dining area all ready. The guests started arriving. Amongst them
were Mr. Ahmad Tajuddin Omar, the Director of MIDA and his son.
Additionally, there was a family from as far as Nürnberg with us that
The MC took to the mike, welcomed everyone then passed it to the
president for her opening speech. Then the buffet was declared
opened. It was as close to the original Malaysia fare as you can
get. To name a few dishes that was served that night; Nasi Lemak,
Beef Rendang, Chicken Curry, Vegetable Urap, Prawn and Sotong Sambal…
There were interesting games put together and a live band for
entertainment. The location was optimal for the children.
They could run about without needing continual supervision.
Thanks go to Hans for introducing us to that place. When it was
over, the committee and other members stayed back to bring the place
back in order.
club likes to do something in the Advent period. What is more befitting
than to go visit a Christmas market? So we all met early on at
the Hauptbahnhof to catch the train to Rosenheim. Before we could
really warm our seats and eat all the Christmas cookies that Jeya
brought, we have arrived. At the Bahnhof, we were greeted by a fellow
Malaysian, Mohammad Najib who lives and works in Rosenheim.
Franz and family arrived by car. Together we walked to the Altstadt. It
was drizzling but that did not deter us. We did window shopping
while at the same time looked out for a nice Bayrisch restaurant.
Finally we all decided on a nice and charming Gasthof Stockhammer right
in the heart of Rosenheim.
The rain stopped sometime while we were having lunch. We could
therefore walked around comfortably looking at the goods from stall to
stall. Especially interesting for the children was the candle
stand where you could buy a plain candle and then dip it in various
coloured wax to make your own one-of-a-kind candle.
After some time has passed, we thought a nice warm coffee would warm us
up so we went to a rather quaint coffee shop which served very nice
coffee in cups that looks like bowls. Then we gave Najib our
well-wishes, bade him Auf Wiedersehen and waited at the platform for
the train which eventually brought us home.