During his 5-day visit to Bangkok, Thailand recently, RISEAP Secretary General, Hj Mohd Marzuki Mohd Omar took the time to hold a meeting with representatives RISEAP member organizations in Thailand namely Thai Muslim Student Association (TMSA) and Yamiatul Islam, at the Islamic Centre, Bangkok, on 29 February 2012.
The meeting, held at the Islamic Centre, Bangkok, was chaired by Prof Dr Pakorn Priyakorn, President of the Centre and also Dean of Islamic Studies, Kasembundit University. There were about 20 people attended the meeting including former RISEAP Exco member, Br Sorawoot Jalaluddin Sriwannayos and Hj Mustapha Yupensuk, ex-President of Yamiatul Islam. Several issues were discussed at the meeting especially the enhancement of cooperation and exchanging of information between RISEAP member organizations. It also discussed matters related problems faced by Muslims in Thailand and challenges facing da’wah organizations.
Dr Pakorn, as President of Islamic centre, welcomed Hj Mohd Marzuki Omar, RISEAP Secretary General and his staff for visiting the Centre and thanked also for holding the meeting at the Centre. Dr Pakorn also expressed gratitude on behalf of Thai Muslims to RISEAP Secretary General for providing financial assistance to the victims of the flood which hit Bangkok recently.
The two RISEAP member organizations briefed their respective activities to RISEAP. TMSA focused its da’wah activities to local Muslim students especially in areas of education and leadership traning. It also organized Islamic lecture and conducted Islamic awareness prgrammes, holding a seminar on leadership, orientation programme for new students and meeting with other Muslim student clubs from various universities in Thailand which is known as Ikhwan on the Road. owever, However in return, Hj Mohd Marzuki thanked Dr Pakorn for his welcome and gave a brief account of the current da’wah activities conducted by RISEAP particularly the Islamic and leadership training course which is held annually at International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).
Br Fauzi Yaena, a staff of Yamiyatul Islam, said that the association was active since the past years after it had restructured and reorganized. More younger and enthusiastic individuals were elected to the office bearers. The activities were confined to the lectures and talks on Islam. It plans to republish a magazine after it ceased for sometimes. The Yamiyatul Islam was represented by Ust Anek Abdul Bari, Vice President and Ust Pramote Samadi, a committee member.
Meanwhile TMSA was represented by its President, Br Kriangkrai Suktavorn @ Zainul Abidin, Br Tuan Amin Daud Mareeyor, Vice President and Br Munsir Sri Adunphun, Secretary General. TMSA briefed its recent activities which focused on providing help to the flood victims during the time when Bangkok was hit by heavy flood recently. They also showed slides of how the relief activities took place in several villages around Bangkok.