Happy Australia Day! Book online for Feb events
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Happy Australia Day!  Book online for Feb events

Dear Members and Friends,

Australia Day is already upon us, and we are raring to get the new year going.  We have three events scheduled for February, and you can now book these directly online.

Yumcha networking lunch

Our first general event of the year is on Monday, February 15th.  It will be a delicious affair at the Shanghai Dynasty (Chinatown), and a great opportunity to reconnect with fellow members after the summer holidays.  Last year's event was a sellout, and places are already running low.  You can now book online by clicking on this link.

Sabah Friendship Tour (Dinner Briefing)

This August, AMBC Victoria, in conjunction with the Australia Asian Association, will be embarking on a Friendship Tour to Sabah, Malaysia.

This bespoke tour offers a range of interesting experiences and sights - from reviving the deep historical connection between the peoples of Australia and Malaysia, to exploring Sabah's natural beauty, and experiencing the rich culture and warm hospitality of its people.  Also planned are several welcome events by local and state government, as well as local business interests and Sabah Tourism.

This tour promises to be a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get to know Sabah and its peoples at an intimate level.  If you are interested to know more, please join us in a dinner briefing on February 22nd where Sabah Tourism, AMBC and AAA representatives will present our planned itinerary and be available to answer any questions we may have regarding the trip. Details of the dinner briefing can be found on our website or by clicking on this link.

New Board appointment

We are delighted that the new Consul General for Malaysia in Melbourne, Mr Westmoreland Palon, will be joining us as an Honorary Board Member.  Mr Palon has a distinguished diplomatic career, which has included stints in Chile, Singapore and the United Nations.
Prior to arriving in Melbourne, Mr Palon served as a Director in the ASEAN-Malaysia Secretariat. More details on Mr Palon's background can be found in our Member Spotlight area or by clicking here.

Corporate members will have an opportunity to meet Mr Palon at our first Boardroom lunch of the year, where he will be guest speaker.  This event is by invitation, and details for the Feb 11th event will be emailed separately.

New Membership Portal

It is pleasing to see how many of you have already signed on, to update your details and to take advantage of the member discounts available for events etc.  For those of you yet to do so, simply login here with your email address and the temporary password that was emailed to you.  If you have any difficulties with this, please contact Chris at secretariat@ambcvic.melbourne or at our new 1300 number (1300 43 66 78).
I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating Australia Day - see you at an upcoming event!

​Felix Wong GAICD

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