Launching of A Kristang Keepsake "LINGGU MAI", on the 1st. September 2004, by Joan Marbeck
MESSAGE FROM THE
Y.Bhg. DATUK EUGÉNIO CAMPOS, DMSM., JSM.,
HONORARY CONSUL OF PORTUGAL
& PATRON OF THE
SELANGOR AND FEDERAL TERRITORY EURASIAN ASSOCIATION
Once the centre of a powerful empire stretching from Asia and Africa to South America, Portugal today is, geographically and culturally, one of the richest countries in Europe. It is an European country layered as it is, with diverse influences, which managed to integrate a variety of cultures and customs and, despite being the eldest European Country, managed to preserve its very own particular identity.
It was the first European country to build a vast empire – which went from Malaysia and India to the coasts of Africa and Latin America, taking in Brazil as well as a number of Atlantic islands – and the last to leave that empire.
This adventure, which lasted six centuries, has given the world a common language spoken by more than 200 million people, and an original intermixing of people, languages, cultures and identities.
A book on Kristang – one of those original intermixing of people, languages, cultures and identities – is always important, not only in Malaysia but also in Portugal and all the other Portuguese speaking countries and territories, such as: Angola, Brasil, Cabo Verde, Damão, Díu, Goa, Guiné Bissau, Macau, Moçambique, São Tomé e Príncipe, and the newly and joyfully independent Timor-Leste.
May this book, second from the author on Kristang culture and language, help to preserve the Malaysian Kristang identity. Malaysia, Portugal and the Portuguese Communities around the world are enriched by it!
It is therefore, my great honour to write this message on the occasion of the official launching of the book “Linggu Mai” (Mother Tongue), which I am not able to attend personally (due to unforeseen circumstances that took me overseas). However, the Hon. Consulate of Portugal will be represented by my Personal Assistant, Mrs. Maria Liew and S.A.F.T.E.A. by its President, Y. Bhg. Brig. Gen. (R) Dato’ Richard Robless.
Lastly but not the least, I would like to congratulate the author, Ms. Joan Margaret Marbeck for her efforts in enriching the “Portuguese World” and the hope that her past, present and future books may also be translated into the Portuguese Language – the 5th. most spoken language in the world.
Kuala Lumpur, 24th. August, 2004
The Hon. Consul of Portugal & Patron of S.A.F.T.E.A.
S.A.F.T.E.A. Building, No 167 Jalan Pudu, 55100 Kuala Pumpur, Malaysia
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