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Day to instil volunteerism spirit among youth

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KUALA LUMPUR: To spark a volunteerism spirit among youth, 1Malaysia For Youth (1M4U) will launch "My Beautiful Malaysia Day" on Feb 3.

Its chief executive officer, Dr Jake Abdullah, said the programme would be held at 100 locations simultaneously throughout the country with one million youth expected to take part.

"By organising this programme we want youth to see that they can actively participate in development, make a difference to the community and have a positive impact on the nation and their lives.

"Volunteering starts at home and we want all Malaysians to come together to make a difference," he told reporters in the presence of 1M4U exco Datuk Irmohizam Ibrahim and 1M4U ambassadors Sazzy Falak, Michael Teoh and Anand Rajaratnam.

Jake said among the activities planned for the programme were painting, landscaping, upgrading and repairing buildings such as schools, cemeteries, poor people's houses and religious places.

On 1M4U's strategy to break the barriers in today's material society and transform it into a volunteerism society, Jake said giving a chance to volunteers was the most important step in achieving that.

"I agree we're now living in a material society, but being Malaysians, we have it in our hearts to help others in need.

"This is what being Malaysian is all about.

"So now we need a way to channel this and 1M4U wants to provide a way to channel this. Like My Beautiful Malaysia programme, we just want to say, 'we're doing something to help someone, just come in, no registration or whatsoever required'."

Jake said 1M4U ambassadors were also important in mobilising the people, especially youth, in doing volunteerism work to give back to society.

"We have around 20 ambassadors ranging from singers, actors to sportsmen and youth icons.

"The people look up to these ambassadors and want to be like them.

"So it is important for the ambassadors to hype up the volunteerism culture." Bernama


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