Current and upcoming events
Aspects of a unique country - Bhutan


Wednesday, 21st February, 2018

10.00 am for 10.30 am start



























Meritz Condominium

19 Jalan Mayang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur




























Members RM15,

Non-members RM25

This month we re-introduce our "Members' Corner" series of Events, Members' Corners are lectures by our members on something or somewhere that a particular member is passionate about, it can be about some particular aspect of culture or a country where they have lived in or visited. Our first speaker in Bindhya Preisner on Bhutan.

Until 1962 Bhutan was one of the most isolated counties in the world, a tiny nation wedged in the Himalayas between India and China. Bhutan has been in the international spotlight for its strong commitment to preserving its culture, severely limiting tourism, for one thing, and also for its' unique approach to focusing on people's gross national happiness.


"People always ask me, how can you possibly have a nation of happy people?” But this is missing the point.  GNH is an aspiration, a set of guiding principles through which the country is navigating its’ path towards a sustainable and equitable society.
Bindhya will share her personal views and assessment of the origin of the concept of Gross national happiness, and how it has shaped the country’s development.


Bindhya Priesner is from Bhutan, married to an Austrian with two children. She has a Masters degree in Health Systems Management and worked for several years as development worker in Danish International Development Assistance Programme, UNICEF and in recent years as freelance consultant. She accompanies her children and husband who works for UNDP and has lived in several countries, Nepal, Bosnia i Herzegovina, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan and now Malaysia.



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Flying foxes, plants and people: conserving a non-charismatic animal of ecological and economic importance

Wednesday, 7th March, 2018

10.00 am for 10.30 am start




















Meritz Condominium

19 Jalan Mayang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur


















Members RM15,

Non-members RM25

Dr Sheema is the Co-founder and President of Rimba (a non-profit research group conducting conservation science), and Principal Investigator of the organisation’s Project Pteropus
Old World fruit bats provide us with many benefits by performing important ecosystem services through polllination and seed dispersal. Yet it is predicted that many, in Southeast Asia, will become globally extinct by the end of this century, with flying foxes being of particular concern due to intense hunting pressure. There is now a widespread consensus that flying fox conservation and monitoring must be prioritised within the region. The urgency of this situation is particularly exemplified by Peninsular Malaysia, where a combination of relentless hunting pressure and agricultural expansion has drastically reduced the numbers of its two flying fox species. It is clear that immediate conservation efforts are desperately required.  However, in order for conservation to happen, we need to first collect quantitative data on ecosystem services and other beneficial aspects of these bats, whilst investigating the issue of bat-human conflict such as fruit crop raiding, and offering realistic solutions for mitigation.




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Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, 21st March, 2018

9.30 am for 10.00 am start



















Royal Selangor Golf Club

















No Charge






Please rsvp via your personal Anyvite Invite which has already been sent to your private email address

The MCG is holding its annual AGM on March 21, 2018 at 10:00 am in order to fulfill our mandate re the Registrar of Societies.   We hope you will attend, and help us make our quorum. Please note that your membership fees for 2018 must be paid in full to attend and vote at the AGM or to submit a proxy vote.

To inform new members, and to remind those of you who have been to an AGM before, the following business is conducted at our AGM:

Under section 8(1) of the Constitution, the supreme authority of The MCG is vested in the Annual General Meeting (AGM).  Section 8(3) indicates the following business items of the AGM:

*To receive the minutes of the previous general meeting (April 2017)

*To receive the committee’s report on the workings of The MCG during the previous year

*To receive the Treasurer’s report and the audited accounts of the MCG for the previous year

*To elect a Committee and appoint auditors for the ensuing year

*To deal with other matters identified in motions for discussion and    amendments to the Constitutions.


Please consider running to serve on our committee, as we need your help to keep the MCG going. Think about encouraging a friend or acquaintance to team up with you in sharing the position.

After the AGM you will enjoy the Key Note Address by Karen Loh on "Shipwrecks off the Coast of Malaysia".


The Chitties of Melaka

Wednesday, 4th April, 2018

10.00 am for 10.30 am start















Meritz Condominium

19 Jalan Mayang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur















Members RM15,

Guests RM25

The Chitties, or Chettis, of Melaka are one of the first communities of Peranakan descent in Malaysia. They are descendants of South Indian traders who married local women during the earliest days of the Melaka Sultanate. These intermarriages have resulted in a unique and colourful heritage of a community whose language, food, dress, as well as religious and cultural practices, are influenced not only by their Hindu beliefs but also by the traditions of their neighbours. However, while being well known in Melaka, little is known about them in the other states of Malaysia.


Learn more about this unique community from Karen Loh and V. Jegatheesan Velupillay, the authors of the new book, The Chitties of Melaka, as they re-live their interesting journey of learning, researching and recording their findings on one of the oldest Peranakan people in Malaysia. 


The book will be for sale that morning and you can get it signed by both the authors. 


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Special Guided Tour of the Pre-History Gallery of the National Museum, Malaysia

Wednesday,11th April, 2018

10.00 am for 10.30 am start
























National Museum, Kuala Lumpur




























RM5 members & guests, museum entrance only



Please join us today for a special tour of the Pre-History Gallery of the National Museum guided by MCG members who are also members of the Museum Volunteers Malaysia. Usually we organise a guided tour of the whole of the National Museum but several of our members have requested that we run seperate in depth tours of the the four seperate Galleries at the Museum.  Pre-History, Malay Kingdoms, Colonial Era & Malaysia today.  We are starting this month with the Pre-History Gallery and will continue with the other galleries during the course of the year if there is a sufficient level of interest.


The Museum Volunteers Malaysia was set up in October, 2006 to train and provide Volunteer guides for the National Museum. The first group of trainee guides graduated in April, 2007. The training courses include lectures on Malaysian culture, heritage and history, together with guided workshops of the various Museum Galleries. They now have over 100 trained guides.


The present National Museum building was built between 1959 and 1963 on the grounds of the Selangor Museum which was badly damaged during the 2nd World War. It was officially opened to the public on the 31st of August, 1963. The main Museum building was extensively renovated in 2007 to mark the 50th anniversary of Independence and now consists of four galleries, Early History, The Malay Kingdoms, the Colonial Era and Malaysia Today.


Please join us for this in depth tour of the Pre-History Gallery of the Museum.



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