Current and upcoming events











Established in 1987, ISTAC  is a research and postgraduate institution set in a secluded campus of Spanish style buildings. ISTAC’s stated mission is to: “produce a new breed of academics and scholars, who are multi-lingual and multidisciplinary in their expertise and who possess sound knowledge and understanding of Islamic civilisation.”


ISTAC has gained an enviable reputation among Islamic scholars for its standard of studies encompassing theology, law, science, language and history of the Islamic world. Supporting these disciplines is the SMNA library named after the leading founder of ISTAC Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas. 

Date: Wednesday 20th November
Time: 10.00am for 10.30am start.
Location: No 24, Persiaran Tuankku Syed Sirajaddin, Taman Duta.
Cost: RM20 members only.

MCG will have the opportunity to view some of the Library’s collection of rare books and precious manuscripts. During the morning we will be able to see various areas of the campus as members of ISTAC  explain the objectives and history of this remarkable institution.


Please register via your Paperless post invitation that will be sent shortly.









Chinese New Year is the most important festival of the Chinese calendar.


This coming Chinese New Year festival falls on January 25th and 26th 2019, and people of Chinese ancestry all over the world will welcome the Year of the Pig.


Join guide Billy Woo on a walking tour through Chinatown to experience the various preparations for the Chinese New Year and its customs and learn a little bit about the history of the Chinese in this part of town.


Billy Woo has been a tourist guide for more than 15 years with a particular interest in the development and conducting of tours concerning the heritage of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.


Billy has been conducting training classes for students in the Tourist Guide’s course in a Tourism College for the last 10 years.


As you will also visit places of worship, you are reminded to dress accordingly i.e. no shorts , short skirts or bare shoulders.

DATE: Wednesday, 22nd January, 2020

TIME: 9.30 am for 10.00 am start please note the earlier than usual start time

PLACE: Central Market

COST: Members only, maximum of 15 participants, RM20 per participant


Please register via your personal Paperless Post invitation, which will be sent closer to the date of the event










Please join us for a guided tour of the University of Malaya Botanical Gardens (Rimba Ilmu).

Rimba Ilmu is a tropical botanical garden, set up in the University of Malaya campus in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is modelled after a rain forest garden concept rather than a formal flower garden. It emphasises the flora of the Malaysian and Indonesian region. Together with the living collections of over 1,600 species, the Rimba Ilmu also houses the University of Malaya herbarium (acronym KLU) and has its own Environmental Education Programme. The Rimba Ilmu is a member of the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) and the South East Asia Botanic Gardens Network. 


Rimba Ilmu means "The Forest of Knowledge" in the Malay language. The garden, established in 1974, occupies an area of 80 hectares. It is partly buffered by old rubber plantings and the living collections, mostly from Malaysia, are one of the most important biological conservatories in Malaysia. There are also plant species from other parts of tropical Asia, the Pacific islands, Australia, South America, Africa and Madagascar.

The Herbarium (a reference library of preserved plant specimens) is Malaysia's largest university collection containing some 63,000 accessions. In the Garden, there are several main show collections, including medicinal plants, palms, and the citrus and citroid collection. The Conservatory of Rare Plants and Orchids, opened in 2000, and the Fernery, with planting establishments made over several years and commissioned in 2003, are accessible only to special group visits and research contacts, and a new bambuseum (living collection of bamboos) was completed at the end of 2003 and generally accessible to the public. There is also a small research collection of bananas. A highlight in the development of the Rimba Ilmu is the establishment of a special arboretum (living collection of trees) beginning in 2001 as the anchor for our "Millenium Forest" project, which seeks to engage friends and concerned parties in establishing biologically diverse forest plantings in making a new forest within the city of Kuala Lumpur. 

Date: Tuesday, 10th December, 2019
Time: 10.00 a.m. for a 10.30 am. start
Cost: RM 30, members only, limited to 25 participants

Please register via your personal Paperless Post invitation which will be sent closer to the event








The annual festival of Thaipusam is one of the major Hindu celebrations of the year in Malaysia, during which homage is paid to Lord Murugan as fulfillment of spiritual vows. Thaipusam is known for its loud, all night revelry, self-mutilation rites and decorative kavadis. Based on the success of previous years’ MCG Thaipusam programs, Cheryl Hoffmann has once again offered to lead this event to introduce you to the sensory overload that characterizes this festival.

Cheryl will lead us on a walk around the grounds of the festival at Batu Caves. We will also go up into the cave. This is a good day to visit the site, as many people will be undertaking their pilgrimage from the riverside, up the stairs to deliver their kavadi to the altar of Lord Murugan.

Cameras, comfortable shoes and appropriate precautions for the sun are encouraged. We are going to start early to avoid the heat and we will be walking the stairs at the end of the tour for those who wish to learn about what happens in the caves during the festival.

Some of Cheryl’s photos of Thaipusam can be found by browsing around her website at

This tour is usually very well subscribed so please book early if you wish to attend.  Also if you sign up but then have to cancel, please inform us as soon as possible so that someone on the waiting list may take your place.  You will receive the meeting place details closer to the event.

DATE: Friday, 7th February, 2020

TIME: 8.15 am for 8.30 am start

PLACE: Batu Caves, meet up point will be advised to participants closer to the event.

COST: Members only, maximum of 15 participants, 

RM30 per participant

Please register via your personal Paperless Post invitation, which will be sent closer to the date of the event.