Monday, February 2, 2009

My official visit to the City of Wilmington

After the completion of my program, I travelled to the city of Wilmington in North Carolina. I have been invited to meet the Mayor of this city - Mr Bill Saffo [Note:Mayor is elected in Wilmington]. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the possibility of Subang Jaya entering into a Sister City relationship with the City of Wilmington. What is this Sister City relationship all about? Read more about it here.

Over the years, some places in Malaysia have entered into a Sister City relationship with other cities in the world. George Town in Penang entered into a Sister City relationship with the City of Adelaide in Australia in 1973. Other sister-cities or twin-towns for Malaysia are Kuala Lumpur-Iran, Ipoh-Fukuoka, Johor Bahru-Istanbul, Kota Kinabalu-Yongin and many more.

I did a presentation of Subang Jaya to the Mayor and 3 members of the Sister City Commission. The next step would be for the City of Wilmington to consider this application.

If successful, this relationship would increase global cooperation and promote opportunities for international partnerships for citizens, businesses, schools, and organizations in Wilmington and Subang Jaya. Activities include: cultural events, youth programs and exchanges, teacher sponsorships and exchanges, hosting international visitors, economic development and more. Two areas of focus would be an exchange program for teenagers of Subang Jaya to experience life in a public school in Wilmington and exchange of ideas on ways to improve good governance especially at the local council.

The Mayor presented me with a special wooden pen and his profound words to me were “Hopefully you can use this pen as an instrument of democracy for you in Malaysia”. A big thank you to the Ki family for your warm hospitality during my brief stay in Wilmington. I am leaving for home!
With Mayor of Wilmington - Mr Bill Saffo


Receiving the special wooden pen

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

well done!
we want ADUNs to do great things like these!! not only to look at small petty matters like longkang issues!

USJ 12 Resident said...

Come back soon. Our police force here had something to do with a death of a prisoner. happened in TAIPAN!.

Please, we need you to look into the matter and get the truth out for us!

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Anonymous said...

I like what you're doing for making SJ a sister-city with other country.

But why Wilmington, North Carolina?

Compared to the US, i think cities like Iran, Fukuoka, & Istanbul has great history & culture to share with.

I cant think other than Michael Jordan when u mention North Carolina :-)

Steven Sim said...

Great job there Hannah! I know you braved the extra days away from home (and work!) and the maddening cold to get this done for Subang Jaya...

Steven Sim

Anonymous said...

Dear Hannah,
With the political happening in Perak, please advise your peers in Perak to use people power to persuade the Sultan of Perak to call for election before it's too late. Sorry for interupting your tour in USA.

KiWi said...

FYI I am a Wilmington Resident...

Here some links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilmington,_North_Carolina

http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2008/snapshots/PL3774440.html

http://money.cnn.com/popups/2006/biz2/newrules_bestinvest/7.html


Hannah you are doing some great things. Don't let the hatters bring you down. Change is difficult...but needed.

stella said...

yeah, why Wilmington, North Carolina?

and once the dust on this has settled, what tangible benefits would we get from such an arrangement?

also, have you acted legally? Did wisma putra give their consent to this?

James Chan said...

To Stella,

What kind of a question is that - "why Wilmington?" Do you have something personal against that city or you have a personal preference for a city of your OWN? It's like someone asking "why Stella"? Stop with these ridiculous, inconsequential questions that has no bearing on the real issue!

Stella, please read first and comment later. Hannah has already stated in bold the benefits of the programme - "Two areas of focus would be an exchange program for teenagers of Subang Jaya to experience life in a public school in Wilmington and exchange of ideas on ways to improve good governance especially at the local council.".

We, the residents in Subang Jaya is extremely proud of this possible sister city programme and for Subang Jaya to be chosen. I ask you Stella, why your preoccupation with Wisma Putra? We, the people will not keep quiet if Wisma Putra chooses to be funny.