Seminar Dakwah Nasional: In Pictures (Part 2): Day 1, The Deputy Prime Minister is Here!
While everyone were having lunch and praying Zuhr, the bomb squad made a security check around the hall and most importantly, the stage to make sure that there are no bombs because the Deputy Prime Minister was coming.
As I was snapping some photos of the seminar, I heard a person telling to the secretariats of the seminar to prepare for the arrival of the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia. I swung my backpack to my back and rushed to the area where the Deputy Prime Minister will enter the building from. I took out my book and started to write some notes about what happened.
Then I saw the secretariats of the seminar who were assigned to greet the Deputy Prime Minister and his entourage walked to the door. The police were already there for hours, ahead of the arrival of the Deputy Prime Minister.
At around 3:30pm, the Deputy Prime Minister, YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin arrived. The scene was like what I usually see in the news. Cameras clicked, flashes from cameras flickered. The only difference was that I was there, watching the whole scene with my own eyes. I snapped photographs after photographs but most of them were blurry as my phone can’t capture moving objects.
As the Deputy Prime Minister approached the hall, the MC announced the arrival of the Deputy Prime Minister and instructed everyone to stand up. The group of VIPs greeted the Deputy Prime Minister. My little brother was given an opportunity to join the group of VIPs.
The Deputy Prime Minister walked to the rostrum as he was invited to give his speech. After snapping a few pictures, I sit down and jot down some notes of what the Deputy Prime Minister is saying in his speech. After he finish his speech, he launches the three new books which were published by MUAFAKAT.
Then, the Deputy Prime Minister left the hall and head to a special room. Only the press were allowed to enter to snap pictures of the Deputy Prime Minister in the room and they were allowed to stay there for a very short time. I plead to one of the seminar’s secretary to let at least my little brother to enter the room to snap a few pictures. The seminar’s secretary asks the question to one of the Deputy Prime Minister’s bodyguard and he allows my little brother to enter. Over there, he received a souvenir from Dr. Aiman Zaidan from the Al-Quds Foundation, Beirut representing world renowned Muslim scholar, Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi. As instructed by the Deputy Prime Minister’s bodyguard, the press and my little brother leave the room.
And that is the end of the most exciting part of the seminar. A moment which can only happen once in a blue moon. I felt very very lucky to be able to be there, snap a lot of pictures and the best part is, to be able to be part of the seminar’s secretary.