HRH Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah 

Tuesday, 12 June 2012, 4pm

Hilton Petaling Jaya


Her Royal Highness Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah,

Patron & Guest of Honour

Her Highness Raja Nazhatul Shima Sultan Idris Shah

His Highness Raja Iskandar Dzulkarnain Sultan Idris Shah

Her Highness Tunku Soraya Tuanku Abdul Halim

His Highness Raja Jamil Ariffin Sultan Idris Shah

Her Highness Tunku Zalila Tunku Kamarulzaman 

Our Beloved Tun Dr Mahathir & Tun Dr Siti Hasmah

Yang Amat Berbahagia Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid

Yang Berbahagia Toh Puan Sagiyah  Salikin

Yang Amat Berbahagia Tun Mohd Dzaidin Abdullah

Yang Berbahagia Datin Seri Utama Masnah Rais 

Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Dr Abdullah Abdul Rahman

Director, MPH Group of Companies

Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Ng Tieh Chuan

Chief Executive Officer,  MPH Group of Companies

Honoured Guests, Friends & Family

Salam Sejahtera and a Very Warm Welcome  


It’s wonderful that so many guests, friends and family are here today to celebrate this very special occasion – to honour mothers in a book about them. Today we are united as the  daughters and sons of our beloved mothers. And the 21 mothers whose lives and times have been chronicled through the writings and photographs in Memories Of Our Mothers represent all the mothers out there who have inspired their children in distinct ways.

Words are often inadequate to describe what our mothers mean to us, but the 29 women contributors writing on their late mothers in the book have managed to do this beautifully and poignantly. Their backgrounds, narratives and writing styles may differ but there is unity in the deep love, respect and admiration for the mothers.

No matter who they are or where they come from, mothers share an enduring love for their children. No matter where they are or how long they’ve left us, we remember our mothers vividly. They imbue our thoughts, influence our thinking and guide our actions through the values they’ve instilled in us. Daughters become nurturing mothers themselves and manifest the family values in their own lives. Sons become gentler men and fathers for their mothers.

As the Project Coordinator and on behalf of the Editorial Committee, I would like to thank the contributors for the enormous goodwill you’ve shown over the period of about 5 months when we were collating and coordinating, and later editing and proofreading your contributions. Together with my super-efficient colleagues Azlina, Zainab, Aishah and Kalsom, we persevered to meet the tight deadlines – all on email mind you. We met face to face only a couple of times! And together WE DID IT LADIES! We are so proud to have completed Memories Of Our Mothers in barely 6 months!

For this we have MPH to thank for their unstinting cooperation. Dato’ Abdullah and Dato’ Ng have given us such latitude in putting together the linear and non-linear texts in this special publication. The MPH management and design teams – Ivy, Amy and Sze Mei – have shown the highest skills and professionalism. The collaboration has been excellent, I must say!

Our deepest gratitude, however, goes to the book’s Patron Her Royal Highness Raja Zarith Sofiah who is the real inspiration behind the project. The idea of getting a group of women to write about the experience of losing their beloved mother was conceptualised and developed in several Facebook messages, if you recall Tuanku!

I must confess Tuanku that yours was the invisible hand guiding the whip I held and sometimes used! And I must confess to dropping names (Tuanku’s and a few others) to get the project going. I was at times the ogre but it was all for the cause of the wonderful mothers who brought us into this world and made us the people we are today.

Thank you Mak! Thank you Mama, Mummy, Amma, Wan, Ah Bu and Umi!

  • To the Chairman of Yayasan Tan Sri Mohamed Noah, Datin Paduka Dr Faridah Abdullah, a huge Terima Kasih for your generosity in sponsoring 500 copies of the book to be distributed to the guests this evening
  • To the five ladies and two young men/ twins who have put together this evening’s musical tributes to mothers, I say SYABAS! To the evening’s MC, thank you Ishak
  • To the members of the media who are here, thank you for your support!
  • To the staff of Hilton PJ, we appreciate your assistance!

Last but not least:

To the men and sons who feel a little left out because you are not included in the project we say, your support (mostly unspoken) has spurred us on!

And I say:

Publish a sequel to Memories Of Our Mothers and perhaps title it Remembering Our Fathers in honour of our dearest dads who deserve a tribute no less special.

Patik Menjunjung Kasih Tuanku!



Datin Halimah Mohd Said

Project Coordinator/ Editorial Committee


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