Far East visit diary

Monday, 1 December 2008

Mawlana Hazar Imam is received by Singapore's Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zainul Abidin Rasheed, upon his arrival. Photo: Akbar Hakim
Mawlana Hazar Imam is received by Singapore's Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zainul Abidin Rasheed, upon his arrival. Akbar Hakim

Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived at Changi International Airport late this evening, commencing his Golden Jubilee visit to Singapore. His Excellency Zainul Abidin Rasheed, the Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, received Mawlana Hazar Imam on behalf of the government.

Inayat Bana, President of the Ismaili Council for Malaysia and Singapore, was joined by a delegation of Jamati leaders in welcoming Mawlana Hazar Imam on behalf of the Jamats from some eleven countries of South East Asia and Australasia. During the visit, it is expected that Hazar Imam will grant a Golden Jubilee Darbar to the Jamat of the Far East and Asia Pacific region.

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Mawlana Hazar Imam is greeted by President S R Nathan at the Istana in Singapore. Photo: Akbar Hakim
Mawlana Hazar Imam is greeted by President S R Nathan at the Istana in Singapore. Akbar Hakim

This morning, Mawlana Hazar Imam attended a meeting with President S R Nathan at the Istana, the official residence and office of Singapore's Head of State.

Following the meeting, Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong hosted a luncheon for Mawlana Hazar Imam.

Later in the afternoon, Mawlana Hazar Imam called on the Minister for Foreign Affairs, George Yeo.

This was followed by a visit to the Singapore City Gallery which offered insight into the concept planning activities of Singapore's Urban Redevelopment Authority. Hazar Imam was hosted by the Authority's CEO, Cheong-Chua Koon Hean.

Later on, Mawlana Hazar Imam also received a tour of Singapore's Asian Civilisations Museum from the museum's Deputy Director of Curation and Collections, Tan Huism.

In the evening, Mawlana Hazar Imam was the guest of honour at a dinner hosted by the Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim.

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Mawlana Hazar Imam is joined in applause by Presidentbanoo and the Vice-President of the Ismaili Council for Malaysia and Singapore, during a luncheon hosted by the Jamati institutions. Photo: Akbar Hakim
Mawlana Hazar Imam is joined in applause by Presidentbanoo and the Vice-President of the Ismaili Council for Malaysia and Singapore, during a luncheon hosted by the Jamati institutions. Akbar Hakim

Mawlana Hazar Imam graciously granted a Golden Jubilee Darbar to the Jamat of the Far East, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea as well as the thousands of members of the Jamat who had come from abroad.

Mawlana Hazar Imam then attended a luncheon hosted by the Jamati institutions of the Far East. During the lunch, youth from the Jamat staged a dance performance that highlighted the cultures of the 11 countries where members of the Far East Jamat reside.

The leadership also presented Mawlana Hazar Imam with a model of a traditional Thai house as a gift. Crafted by skilled goldsmiths, the model had taken more than 3 000 hours of workmanship to produce.

Immediately following the luncheon, Mawlana Hazar Imam prepared to depart Singapore. The Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Zainul Abidin Rasheed, bid him farewell on behalf of the Government. Senior Jamati leaders were also present as Hazar Imam's Golden Jubilee visit to the Far East drew to a close.


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