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Women’s Movement Meeting 2019

The RISEAP Women’s Wing Meeting held its 16th meeting since its inception in 1984. It was attended by the Chairperson, Dato Hajjah Hanifah Taib Alsree and the Secretary, Hajjah Zubeda Raihman. There was participation by 12 delegates from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Maldives, observers from Thailand and Vietnam as well as observers from these countries. The meeting started with the Chairperson, Dato Hajjah Hanifah Taib Alsree, making an opening speech. She welcomed all those present and hoped that their stay in Bangkok would be enjoyable and would have a fruitful meeting. As for the meeting, each delegates present the activity report of Muslim women’s in their country and also covered the situation of Muslim women in general. Special guest from Thailand as a host, Assoc. Prof. Sawvanee Jitmound (Aishah Binti Hamzah), Chairman of Centre World Policies, Faculty of Economic Chulalongkorn University was also invited to share the women’s activities in Thailand.

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Executive Committee Meeting 2019

32th RISEAP Executive Committee Meeting (EXCO) was held in Al Meroz Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand on 4th November 2019. RISEAP’s Deputy President, Br. Ridzuan Wu chaired the meeting which was attended by 14 Executive Committee members. It is a usual in most EXCO meeting, the committee discussed on item which is to be brought up in the General Assembly. Other issues discussed were on financial matters, RISEAP activities, SOP review and MOU between members of RISEAP.

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General Assembly 2019

The 18th RISEAP General Assembly was took place on 01 November 2019 to 07 November 2019 at Al Meroz Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. It was attended by almost 110 delegates and observers from 19 countries in the region which is from Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea.

Among others program are RISEAP General Meeting, EXCO Meeting, Women’s Wing Meeting, Talk on “Re-development of Waqaf Properties”, Mosque Tour Presentation, Zonal Discussion/Country Report and local tour to Halal Science Centre and Ton Son Mosque. Election of new Executive Committee member was held and all of current office bearers were re-elected except for Central Zone which is Br. Ahmad Fahmi Bin Muhamad Samsudin from ABIM replaced Prof. Datuk Dr. Taufiq Yap Yun Hin from MACMA. RISEAP would like to congratulate to all elected members and hope that they will do their best and work wholeheartedly to fulfil their da’wah objectives in carrying out the duties.

The Hon. Secretary General, Dato Hj. Mohamad Marzuki Mohamad Omar thanked those attending the assembly and those who helped in organizing the assembly. It was a fruitful event.

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Reflection on the Formative Years of RISEAP and its Governing

I was first driven to put these thoughts on paper after having had a casual conversation with the President of RISEAP, Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud. This was a meeting we had in Singapore in February 2006. I had lamented, in passing, that the philosophical underpinnings that had helped to shape RISEAP in the first two decades of its formation have never been placed on record for the benefit of later generations. From his immediate response, I knew that Tan Sri Taib shared my sentiments.

In my mind, I could picture the ideal, which would be for a book to be written on the subject after some painstaking research. This could possibly be a project worthy of a post-graduate dissertation from some academic institution. Or it could be an assignment for a professional researcher who specializes in conducting survey interviews (with some of the founding leaders of the organization) and in the analysis of faith-based international organizations.

It would have been better if an effort of this nature were to take place sooner rather than later. This is especially in consideration of the fact that some of the early leaders of RISEAP have passed away (I am thinking of the first President of RISEAP, the late YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, [1] and one of the first Vice-Presidents, the late Dr. Muhammad Ali Wang of Australia).

But what would be the value of such an undertaking? Wouldn’t we be seen to be indulging in an obsession to preserve the legacies of the past and attempting to resist the need for change?

Undoubtedly, the need to consider re-inventing RISEAP, in the light of changing times and aspirations, is not to be withheld. But the value of the thoughts and experiences of past leaders must also not be forgotten or ignored, as they may help serve as a guide to future generations. Like Tan Sri Taib, I had been associated with RISEAP since its inauguration in November 1980, and had not missed attending all eleven RISEAP General Assemblies that have since been held in the last 26 years. We have also served on every single Executive Committee of RISEAP since its formation. I cannot predict how long I will remain active within RISEAP, and it occurred to me that if I took it upon myself to record some of my personal recollections, they may be of use to some future analyst or researcher in providing a glimpse of the kind of thoughts went through the minds of the founding fathers of RISEAP.

By Ridzuan Wu


[1] Hereinafter referred to in this essay as the “Tunku”