Gandhi Memorial Lecture 2012

Gandhi Memorial Lecture 2012

UN International Day of Non Violence Celebrations

The United Nations has declared 2nd October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi as the International Day of Non Violence in honour of Mahatma Gandhi. Malaysia joined the rest of the world in celebrating this event (which is the 143rd birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi) on 2nd October in the Royal Lake Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The event was organised by the Gandhi Memorial Trust of Malaysia (GMT).

In the first segment of the evening’s programme which is the official launch of the event the United Nations Resident Coordinator, H.E. Mr. Kamal Malhotra delivered his speech on behalf of the UN. The former Chairman of the GMT, Dato’ Mahadev Shankar delivered the welcome speech.

The next item was the Gandhi Memorial Lectures, the highlight of the event. The first speaker was H.E. Mr. K. Kesavapany, a senior Singapore diplomat. (He is Singapore’s Non Resident Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Governor on the Board of the Singapore International Foundation and former Director of ISEAS, Singapore). The second speaker was Dato’ (Dr) Anwar Fazal, Director of the Right Livelihood College, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang. (He was President of several worldwide organisations including the International Organisation of Consumer Union (IOCU). He has received much international recognition for his work). The session was chaired by Tan Sri Datuk Seri (Dr) James Foong Cheng Yuen, retired judge of the Federal Court, Malaysia.

Following this was the presentation of the Public Service Award. The citation was read by Mr. A. Navamukundan, the secretary of the GMT. The Chairman of the GMT, Mr. S. Radhakrishnan on behalf of the GMT presented  this award to the Montfort Boys Town (M.B.T.) in recognition of its 53 years of tireless efforts of pursuing a mission of holistically educating academically and economically challenged youth. The Chairman of the MBT’s Board of Governors, Tan Sri Clifford Francis Herbert and MBT’s Director, Brother John Albert received the award on behalf of the MBT.

The song, “You Raised Me Up” was sung by the Montfort Boys Town Choir following the award presentation.

Puan Norina Yahya was the MC for the event.

More than 300 guests packed the Banquet Hall to participate in the celebrations. Among the guests were Y.B. Datuk Joseph Salang, Deputy Minister of Information, Communication and Culture, YBhg Tun Mohd Hanif Omar, YBhg Toh Puan Uma Sambanthan, Ambassadors, High Commissioners, judges, retired judges, lawyers, doctors, officials and members of the Bharat Club, the Royal Lake Club, the Royal Selangor Club, the Rotary Clubs, the British Graduates Association of Malaysia, the Kuala Lumpur Speakers Club, the English Speaking Union of Malaysia, the Asian Law Students Association of the University of Malaya.

Two oil paintings of Mahatma Gandhi by Dr. Abdul Ali bin Raja Mohamed which won international awards at the arts festival in India were displayed at the foyer of the club.

At the conclusion of the event hi tea was served. The guests were entertained to flute music by Perambalam Musical Group.