The afternoon before the Seminar Dakwah Nasional, we were already busy at the Dewan Merdeka, Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) to get things ready for the seminar.
Uncle Mahmud who was the event floor manager, told us that we need to do a rehearsal of the officiating ceremony by the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia so that he could estimate the timing of the event.
When I volunteered to be the DPM, Uncle Mahmud thought that I was too young and fear if I could not do it right since the DPM was the main role in the rehearsal and I need to pretend to make the opening speech and launch the books.
Anyway, Pak Cik Amin supported me and so were the others who said that I’ll be able to do it.
And so, I became the Deputy Prime Minister in the rehearsal 🙂
Abang Nasrul volunteered to be Datuk Ustaz Hj Mohd Nakhaie, Pak Cik Burhan as Pak Cik Amin and Pak Cik Amin as Ustaz Muhammad ‘Uthman El-Muhammady.
It was fun but it was not that easy and I must do it seriously because the event was very important and Uncle Mahmud needed the right timing for the music and other things.
I had to walk from the beginning of the red carpet escorted by Abang Nasrul to the Dewan Merdeka followed by Kashah who played the role as the media.
As the DPM, I must not walk too fast or not too slow and I must walk on the red carpet.
And at last, when I arrived at the Dewan Merdeka, I went up the stage and was greeted by Pak Cik Amin.
I sat at the DPM’s seat and Abang Nasrul escorted me to the rostrum to make the speech to officiate the seminar.
After that we went to our seats.
Next I went to the other side of the stage to launch the books followed Abang Nasrul and Pak Cik Amin.
The music was too loud and the speaker was very near so it hurt my ears.
We had to do the rehearsal 3 times 🙂
I was very excited to play the role as the DPM and give a speech on the stage at the Dewan Merdeka, PWTC because I want to become a politician and give speeches at PWTC.
In 2006, as I watched my big sister Kaman and Kashah gave a speech at PWTC, I told my mother that one day I’ll give a speech at PWTC too 🙂