THE MOROCCO EMBASSY IN MALAYSIA HOSTED A LAVISH FEAST IN THE GRAND BALLROOM OF ROYAL CHULAN HOTEL IN KUALA LUMPUR TONIGHT 30 JULY 2012 IN HONOUR OF THE 13TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ENTHRONEMENT OF HIS MAJESTY KING MOHAMMED VI OF MOROCCO.
Acting Moroccan ambassador HE Mohamed Slaoui and Datuk Ahmad Maslan, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister Department who represented the Malaysian Government and the people of Malaysia
Datuk Ahmad Maslan standing to attention as the Moroccan national anthem was played.
Acting Moroccan ambassador HE Mohamed Slaoui standing to attention as Negara Ku was played.
Noureddine Motik, counselor of Moroccan embassy, Datuk Ahmad Maslan and HE Mohamed Slaoui
Datuk Dr Sean Paul of LivingWell clinics who did my teeth to white perfection, Mrs and Mr Eric Khant and Mahdi Amaziane
Datuk Dr Sean Paul of LivingWell Dental and Aesthetic Clinics, Halima Khant, Kee Hua Chee and Eric Khant
Datin Rohani Omardin, Puan Sri Jazliza Jalaludin and Princess Dr Becky Leogardo
Datin Mimi and Datuk Shake the famous singer and only Malaysian to succeed in France singing in French!
However there was a tinge of disappointment as His Excellency Mr Ahmed Amaziane the Moroccan ambassador is ill and hospitalised in Gleneagles in Kuala Lumpur. His Excellency has been ailing for the past 2 years and even his wife Madam Malika was tending to his bed and unable to attend the function. However they were represented by their handsome son Mahdi Amaziane.
Welcoming the guests and making the official speech was Mohamed Slaoui, Minister Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission. The Guest of Honour was Datuk Ahmad Maslan, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department who represented the Malaysian Government and the people of Malaysia in wishing His Majesty the King of Morocco a very happy anniversary and long may His Majesty reign over the kingdom of Morocco, part of the fabled Magrib.
Said Mr Slaoui, "The bilateral relations between Malaysia and Morocco goes back to the 14th century when the great traveller Ibn Battuta embarked on a journey that spanned 30 years and visited Asian countries, including Malaysia. Since then, our mutual appreciation for each other has remained strong and durable. Another similarity that unites Malaysia with Morocco is the attachment of our people to the monarchial system.
"The monarchy has always been the symbol of the continuity of state, defender of spiritual values and guarantor of national unity.
"Our Embassy and the Government of Malaysia work closely together on a daily basis, strengthening our bilateral relationship, our respective economies, expanding our co-operation on regional and global matters.
"Malaysia and Morocco in symbiosis have shown great leadership in political stability and economic resilience in these times of unease. This is due to the wisdom and sagacity of our leaders His Majesty King Mohammed VI and the Government of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
"As a non-permanent member of the Security Council, we will continue our utmost to ensure peace and security prevail not only in North Africa but the world.
"Morocco is among the most stable nations and its GDP continues to grow, expanding 4.5% in 2011. Tourism in Morocco is well developed due to our coastline of 3,500 km, culture and history. Moroccco hopes to get 10 million visitors equivalent to 20% of our GDP which has been attained with the help of God."
Mohamed Slaoui added Morocco's tourism industry is aided by its location, many attractions and relatively low prices. Cruise ships visit the ports of Casablanca and Tangiers regularly and he hoped more Malaysians would visit Morocco. He even commented on Malaysia being the 9th Most Visited Country and hoped to emulate our success.
Due to Ramadan, the reception was held rather unexpectedly from 9 to 11pm. Explained Mahdi, "All Moroccan embassies worldwide held the celebration from 9 to 11pm as we felt Muslims preferred to break fast with their families and later go to the mosques or pray at home. So we thought they are more ready to come out after 9pm in a conducive frame of mind."
Though most came after having had their dinner, they managed to demolish the platters of Moroccan and local food and desserts and did the Royal Chulan's chefs justice.
Princess Dr Becky Leogardo, HE Mohamed Slaoui and Mahdi Amaziane
Mahdi, Princess Dr Becky Leogardo and Mohamed Slaoui
Exchanging cards between Damien Syed, First Secretary of French Embassy and Acting Moroccan ambassador Mohamad Slaoui
Acting Moroccan ambassador Mohamed Slaoui greeting his guests as Moroccan ambassador HE Ahmed Amaziane is in Gleneagles hospital
Ismahan Bernassib and Nasim Khanam
These girls look like sisters but one is niece and other is her aunt. Which is which?
Guests greeting the VIP of the evening, Datuk Ahmad Maslan, Deputy Minister in Prime Minister's Department
Mohamed Slaoui, Deputy Head of Mission and Acting Ambassador of Morocco with Datuk Ahmad Maslan
Hicham, Malika and Halima
Datuk Ahmad Maslan giving his speech and toasting the good health of His Majesty the King of Morocco
HE Mohamed Slaoui reciprocating by wishing us well
Noureddine Motik, Datuk Ahmad Maslan and HE Mohamed Slaoui
Datuk Dr Sean Paul, Halima Khant, Kee Hua Chee, Eric Khant and Noureddine Motik
Datin Mimi Shake and Datuk Shake
Princess Dr Becky Loegardo and Lamiae Aloui next to portrait of King Mohammed VI of Morocco
Sukaina, Nadia, Bushra and Samira
Samira, Princess Dr Becky Leogardo, Bushra, Sukaina and Kee Hua Chee
3 pretty Moroccan lasses
Having a good time