Kuala Lumpur – Mohamed al-Soofi
As part of ASWAQ’s constant strive to thrive and stay updated as a window for Arab expats residing in Malaysia, covering all topics and issues that concern them ASWAQ have had an interview with Mr. Saad Al-Hussein, the Public Relations manager at the Saudi Arabian Cultural Attache’ office here in Kuala Lumpur.
After a very warm welcome by Mr. Saad, he expressed how pleased he was with ASWAQ considering it a reliable source of information for Arabs providing everything they may want to know such as events and activities and latest news.
My name is Saad Al-Hussein, from Aseer, Saudi Arabia, currently i am the administrative and public relations manager at the Saudi Arabian Cultural attache’ office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and i have been in the diplomatic mission to Malaysia for 2 years now.
My first experience in Malaysia was for tourism, where Malaysia is considered a unique tourism destination with a very strong reputation for being so in Saudi Arabia in particular, and the Arab world in general, as Malaysia gained the trust of Arab and Muslim tourists alike due to its rich heritage of Islamic tourist attractions, the freedom of movement with no obstructions, the availability of Halal food and tremendous tourist activities and programs, not to mention the charming nature which are all good reasons to visit. Furthermore, my first visit was in the year 2000, and it was a memorable one leading me to repeat the visit in the years 2002, 2004 and 2008 for a training course.
Consequentially, i fell in love with Malaysia and everything it has to offer, and in this occasion i’d like to thank Dr. Khaled Bin Mohamed Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Angury for giving me this opportunity and trust in my current post.
The Malaysian people are very friendly by nature, they are always smiling and respectful, as i have made several Malay friends whom we exchange visits and have a great deal of mutual respect. Another thing that caught my attention is the Malay’s pride in Islam, and their adherence to the rules in general; of course there could be some negative aspects, which is the case in any country.
I have tried Malay food on several occasions, and i can say it is good, as most importantly for me that the food is Halal, and i noticed that Rice is essential to Malay cuisine, however, my personal favourite is “Satay”.
There are a lot of activities held and organised by the Saudi diplomatic mission , as there are monthly meetings as well as celebrations held at both the embassy and national and religious holidays, into addition to other activities for Saudi students in Malaysia , with regular meetings to discuss any issues they may be facing. Additionally, there are several communication channels with the Malaysian bodies , as we have participated in Kuala Lumpur’s international book fair in 2013, as well as Jakarta International book fair.