RISEAP organized a small gathering dinner for Thai participants who attended RISEAP Islamic courses since past years at Sophia Restaurant, Bangkok, Thailand, on 27 February 2012 about 15 people attended including invited guests.
The reunion dinner was held in order to meet and to enhance ties and cooperation with ex-participants who attended RISEAP courses in Kuala Lumpur since 1999, many of them never make a comeback to RISEAP after the course. Once they returned to Thailand, they were offered jobs at various firms in Bangkok. This special event is held once in several years when RISEAP officials made a trip to Bangkok. Some of them were able to join the dinner despite of their busy life and commitments in the Thai capital. Those who failed to show up expressed disappointment for not joining the group. It is interesting to note that most of them are university graduates.
Everyone was amazed and cheerful for having a good time together especially with RISEAP Secretary General, Hj Mohd Marzuki Mohd Omar who made a short visit to Thailand. However, while enjoying themselves at the dinner, many show their disappointment for the others who were unable to join the dinner.
RISEAP Secretary General, Hi Mohd Marzuki Mohd Omar, the host, was happy and glad to have a chance to meet with ex-participants and thanked them for taking their time to meet him. He also congratulated them for being offered good job and still in active in da’wah work. Hj Mohd Marzuki advised them to work hard for their future and at the same time not to forget to engage themselves in da’wah work in Thailand especially in Bangkok.
RISEAP alumni rarely meet with each other due to their work and family commitments. Only when RISEAP staff made a visit to Thailand, they were invited for such gathering, the first time was held in April 2006 at the same place.
Abdul Aziz Jiraroj Mamadkul, who joined the course in 2002 course, now working as a lecturer at Rangsit University, Bangkok, on behalf of the alumni, thanked Hj Mohd Marzuki, the host, for inviting them to the dinner where they could have a chance to meet with old friends whom he referred to as RISEAP Alumni. He said that the meeting among ex-participants should be held as frequently as possible to discuss the current challenges. He also proposed RISEAP to organize a follow-up course for ex-participants as to refresh their knowledge and to motivate them to become better and potential Muslims.
About 60 participants from Thailand attended the course since it was introduced in 1999, they live in various parts of Thailand, northern, northeastern and central parts of the country.
Those who joined the party were Sis Yamillah Sama-e, Sis Noraida Sama-e, Sis Wilaiwan Kittichanyakun, Sis Jiraporn Mahamad, Sis Nafisah Hassan, Sis Chenordearnee Bumisastra and Br Abdul Aziz Mamadkul . Also attended were guests including Br Jalaluddin Sriwannayos, Br Abdul Aziz Moolsap, Br Iskandar Masnaing, Br Alwee, Br Shafiq Ong Abdullah and Aree Mamat.