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Uniting Malaysians in Adelaide: AMAI’s Mission of Cultural Preservation and Community Support

Since its establishment in 2017, the Adelaide Malay Association Incorporated (AMAI) has been a pivotal force in supporting and promoting the rich cultural heritage of Malaysians in Adelaide, South Australia. The association not only fosters a sense of belonging but also strengthens community ties among Malaysians living far from their homeland.

A Hub for Cultural and Social Connection

Under the leadership of its president, Azri Azahari, AMAI’s mission extends beyond celebrating Malaysian culture; it is committed to ensuring the welfare of the Malaysian community in South Australia and serving as a pillar of support and connectivity. By integrating Malaysian heritage into everyday life through various events and activities, AMAI creates a home away from home for Malaysians in Adelaide.

The association’s annual events, such as Iftar and Hari Raya Aidilfitri, are more than just customs. They create a sense of connection and belonging for Malaysians living abroad. Establishing the Khairat Kematian or Funeral Fund is an excellent example of its commitment to supporting its members in all aspects of life. Azri says, “It’s about being there for each other in good times and bad.”

Strategic Growth and Community Impact

AMAI has experienced significant growth, starting with just 50 members and now boasting over 200. The association began with a focus on cultural celebrations but has since broadened its scope. It offers practical housing, employment, and education assistance, providing invaluable support to Malaysians adapting to their new environment.

The association also collaborates with other associations and engages in community initiatives, such as its partnership with Human Appeal Australia. This collaborative approach is a testament to AMAI’s commitment to creating a broader social impact. “We believe in strength through unity,” Azri emphasises, underlining the importance of collective efforts in enhancing AMAI’s cultural and social influence.

Aspirations and Future Vision

Collaborating with TalentCorp is also seen as instrumental in maintaining its connection with Malaysia and facilitating the exchange of talent and ideas. Azri notes that this synergy fosters individual development, contributes to national progress, and links Malaysian talent globally with opportunities back home.

A key future initiative is the promotion of the MyHeart portal. “We aim to increase awareness of the MyHeart portal among Malaysians in Adelaide, South Australia. Our goal is to encourage them to explore and utilise TalentCorp’s support services, especially if they plan to relocate to Malaysia. We’re always ready to assist, provide up-to-date information, and connect them with TalentCorp’s friendly team,” explains Azri.

Looking ahead, AMAI also seeks to strengthen its partnership with the Malaysian Consulate, enhancing the efficiency of consular services for Malaysians in need. “Our future is about even closer ties and more direct support,” Azri states, highlighting the significance of these collaborations for the community’s welfare.

Engaging Malaysians in Adelaide and Beyond

AMAI is more than a cultural group; it’s a helping hand and a celebration of life reminiscent of home. It’s where Malaysians in Adelaide come together to enjoy traditions, make friends, and receive support – all Malaysians are welcome to join.

The year 2024 promises to be exciting, with events like the annual Iftar session on 16 March and a Hari Raya event on 4 May, offering Malaysians in Adelaide more reasons to connect.

To explore and connect with AMAI or other Malaysian associations abroad, join the MyHeart community today.

Are you leading a Malaysian association abroad and interested to feature it on MyHeart? Register here to be part of the MyHeart community.

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