‘Highly trained and responsible youths key to our destiny’
Posted on August 19, 2012, Sunday
KUCHING: Highly trained and responsible youths of the country play a pivotal role in determining the destiny of our country, shaping the future of our people and our cultures.
In saying this, Padawan Municipal Council chairman Lo Khere Chiang said that he was glad to know that many youth NGOs and voluntary movements within society were stepping out to show their support towards the government’s goal in building a better Malaysia.
“I am confident that many of the development plans of the government will materialise in no time for the good of everyone if there is synergised co-operation between local agencies as well as influential youth NGOs such as YMM Malaysia,” he said when launching the Malaysia International Youth Volunteers Camp 2012 yesterday.
The camp was organised by the Young Malaysians Movement (YMM) and saw the participation of more than 120 youth volunteer leaders from all over Malaysia as well as from Taiwan.
Lo added that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had earlier declared the year 2013 as ‘Malaysian Volunteers Year’ where volunteerism will be given limelight.
“Our friends in Taiwan have already geared themselves up for this, and all these global efforts only go to show how the international community had come to recognise the need for volunteerism and the importance of its influential role in helping nations rebuild the social structure of their country,” Lo said.
He also congratulated YMM Sarawak on being conferred the prestigious ‘Anugerah Perdana Pertubuhan Belia’ by the state government during the Youth Day celebrations in June.
“This is the highest recognition given to an NGO youth movement in Sarawak, and it is a recognition towards the tireless effort and contribution of YMM Sarawak in voluntary youth development,” he said.
Also present at the launch were YMM Malaysia national president Kevin Tan Pei Leong, national vice-president, Sarawak state chairman Sim Chiun Wee and camp organising chairman Li Han Boon.
In his speech, Tan said that community service and voluntary work have never been an easy or favourable task.
“Society needs people to have a stronger and more empowered mindset and attitude towards turning knowledge into real wisdom. Putting into good use what we have learned is the key towards owning real wisdom,” he said.
Tan added that there was a need to revise the training modules of voluntary workers and provide a better and more conducive environment for growth and self development.
“Well-structured training will deliver better results by producing better and more responsible voluntary workers for the society who needs them. There is still much more to be done and it is a long journey ahead of us,” he added.