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  SRI LANKA MALAY ASSOCIATION
PERSATUAN MELAYU SRI LANKA
ESTD. 1922
The Beginning January 22nd will always be remembered,  the day the Malay’s of Sri Lanka came together to objectively  look at the future of its community. In 1922 some key figures of the community came out to give leadership  during times of change. On 22nd January 1922 representatives from the public, private sector and civil  society of this small community scattered in different parts of the island gathered at the  Wekande School  Hall Slave Island (now Colombo 02) to form a body for the community and established  the All Ceylon  Malay Association(ACMA). The Malay population then stood at 15,000. The members of the Colombo  Malay Cricket Club (CMCC) were also instrumental in the formation of this association, a Malay institution  being in the lime light at that time exploiting the willow. This would also coincide with the Golden Jubilee  year of the CMCC formed in 1872, being the oldest of the Malay institutions in the country.  Being the  Malay organization in the limelight in recognition of the influence the CMCC had in the country the  incumbent President of the CMCC was elected the First President of the ACMA.  Since then many Malay  institutions were formed spreading across the country along with the growing Malay population which  stands at 50,000 today. This driving force was able to establish the Malay identity in the country with the struggle for independence  gaining momentum. In recognition and support rendered to the nation four Presidents of the institution  were nominated to the Legislature between the years 1931 – 1965. Subsequently in 1972 when Sri Lanka  became a Republic the name of the institution changed to Sri Lanka Malay Association. The 22nd of  January 2012 will celebrate its 90th Anniversary. Al Hamdulilla. The historic meeting on the 22nd January 1922 was called for the express purpose of fostering the cultural  and religious principles of the community. In matters of politics they sought to rise above communal, racial  and religious considerations.  It was fervent hope of the promoters to deal with questions that vitally  affected the social, educational and moral welfare of the Malays of Ceylon. They wanted to see that every  Malay got the opportunity to which he/she was entitled to and given facilities for education and  improvement. It was deplorable that the Malays had little knowledge of the great past of their race, of the  great civilization that they were heir. The association today carries out many activities and programs to keep the Sri Lanka Malay identity alive  while fostering harmony amongst the Malay community together with other communities in the country.   The Sri Lanka Malay community has contributed immensely towards the development of the country and  the protection of its sovereignty.