Sunday, 26 April 2009
KUALA LUMPUR, April 25 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Scouting Association has supported government policies by inculcating good values among its members since its establishment a century ago, said Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
The deputy prime minister said the government wanted to produce enlightened and patriotic individuals, and consciously or unconsciously, this had been achieved through the Malaysian Scout movement.
"I wish to remind that the Scout members acquire knowledge and imbibe the philosophy which forms the basis for prosperity and loyalty.They also have a spirit of volunteerism and promote unity and national integration, while generations of active, perceptive and confident individuals have been produced through the movement."
Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said this at the centenary celebration of the Malaysian Scouting Association at Stadium Negara, here, Saturday.
Also present were the association's honorary president Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, national chief scout Datuk Seri Dr Shafie Mohd Salleh and Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek.Muhyiddin said the government would always cooperate and assist the Malaysian Scouting Association as a non-governmental organisation in carrying out its programmes and activities.He also accepted Tun Abdullah's proposal for the movement's standing to be enhanced in schools throughout the country.
Muhyiddin said that in achieving this, the role of parents was important as they must not prevent or discourage their children's involvement in such a movement.
"Society should also lend support to the movement's activities like Job Week. I'm disappointed that this is no longer carried out like during my school days," he said.
He also challenged the Malaysian Scout movement to further lift its image and standing so as to gain the appropriate recognition including from the Youth and Sports Ministry.
On the association's 100th anniversary, Muhyiddin said it should be celebrated with pride and sense of gratitude as it came only once in a lifetime.
He noted that the Scout movement which started as the Cub movement continued to be active in welfare work for the benefit of the community.
Earlier, in his speech, Abdullah reminded Scout leaders and members to build camaraderie, unity and loyalty, and set good examples for others.
He said the philosophy of the Scout movement which he joined as a school boy, had guided him as a national leader.At the celebration, Abdullah also presented awards to 100 Scout leaders from all over the country.