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.

Assisted by one of the secretaries of the seminar, one of the police who works with the bomb squad examining the stage to make sure that there are no bombs ahead of the arrival of the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia during the Seminar Dakwah Nasional at Dewan Merdeka, PWTC, Kuala Lumpur.

Assisted by one of the secretaries of the seminar, one of the police who works with the bomb squad examining the stage to make sure that there are no bombs ahead of the arrival of the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia during the Seminar Dakwah Nasional at Dewan Merdeka, PWTC, Kuala Lumpur.

Assisted by one of the secretaries of the seminar, one of the police who works with the bomb squad examining the stage to make sure that there are no bombs ahead of the arrival of the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia during the Seminar Dakwah Nasional at Dewan Merdeka, PWTC, Kuala Lumpur.

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.

I took a picture of this escalator while waiting. Escalators had always fascinate me although when I was small, I was afraid to ride escalators. I am still quite scared now actually…

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.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had just arrived at the PWTC and is walking on the red carpet towards the Dewan Merdeka where the Seminar Dakwah Nasional is held on the 8th and 9th October 2012.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had just arrived at the PWTC and is walking on the red carpet towards the Dewan Merdeka where the Seminar Dakwah Nasional is held on the 8th and 9th October 2012.

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.

My little brother greeting the Deputy Prime Minister during the Seminar Dakwah Nasional at Dewan Merdeka, PWTC. Due to limitation of my phone camera’s functions , this photo did not turn out very good.

The Deputy Prime Minister was walking to the stage during the Seminar Dakwah Nasional at Dewan Merdeka, PWTC, Kuala Lumpur.

The Deputy Prime Minister going up the stage during the Seminar Dakwah Nasional at Dewan Merdeka, PWTC, Kuala Lumpur.

The Deputy Prime Minister(center) with MUAFAKAT’s president, Ustaz Ismail Mina Ahmad(left) and the chairman of the committee of the seminar, Datuk Ustaz Hj Mohd Nakhaie Ahmad(right) during the Seminar Dakwah Nasional at Dewan Merdeka, PWTC, Kuala Lumpur.

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.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin giving his speech during the Seminar Dakwah Nasional at Dewan Merdeka, PWTC, Kuala Lumpur.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin launching the three books published by MUAFAKAT during the Seminar Dakwah Nasional at Dewan Merdeka, PWTC, Kuala Lumpur.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin launching the three books published by MUAFAKAT during the Seminar Dakwah Nasional at Dewan Merdeka, PWTC, Kuala Lumpur.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin launching the three books published by MUAFAKAT during the Seminar Dakwah Nasional at Dewan Merdeka, PWTC, Kuala Lumpur.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin launching the three books published by MUAFAKAT during the Seminar Dakwah Nasional at Dewan Merdeka, PWTC, Kuala Lumpur.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin receiving a gift from MUAFAKAT after launching the three books during the Seminar Dakwah Nasional at Dewan Merdeka, PWTC, Kuala Lumpur.

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.

I was very lucky because the Deputy Prime Minister smiled to my phone camera but was very unlucky because my phone camera can’t capture moving things…

The Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin headed to the special room for a closed discussion during the Seminar Dakwah Nasional at Dewan Merdeka, PWTC, Kuala Lumpur.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin headed to the special room for a closed discussion during the Seminar Dakwah Nasional at Dewan Merdeka, PWTC, Kuala Lumpur.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin headed to the special room for a closed discussion during the Seminar Dakwah Nasional at Dewan Merdeka, PWTC, Kuala Lumpur.

In this photo, the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin talks with YB Zulkifli Noordin while walking to the special room for a closed discussion during the Seminar Dakwah Nasional at Dewan Merdeka, PWTC, Kuala Lumpur.

The Deputy Prime Minister’s bodyguards and police guard the Deputy Prime Minister loyally as he is staying in the room having a close discussion with some of his entourage during the Seminar Dakwah Nasional at Dewan Merdeka, PWTC, Kuala Lumpur.

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.

Day 2…

To Be Continued…

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