READY TO HELP:The Federal Territories Malaysian Association of Youth Clubs’ volunteers will be going places to help those in need
THE Federal Territories (FT) Malaysian Association of Youth Clubs (MAYC) launched its volunteer squad on Saturday at the closing of One Million Youth Gathering 2012 at Titiwangsa Lake.
FT and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin, who launched the squad, said: "I hope the youth will not participate in street demonstrations as they create chaos and destroy City Hall's properties.
"These are the infrastructure we have built to be used by the future leaders, which will come from this generation," he said.
Raja Nong Chik was ushered in to the stage by 15 riders from a motorcycle convoy group, Steady Bikers.
"FT MAYC has about 2,000 members from Batu, Lembah Pantai, Segambut, Setiawangsa, Titiwangsa, Wangsa Maju and 20 youths club," said FT MAYC chairman Intandiana Jalil.
The closing ceremony featured a dance by PPR Cochrane Perkasa and Malvern International College, silat performance by Pertubuhan Seni Gayung Patani Malaysia, fixie and BMX bicycle stunts by Brutal KL, karaoke, kompang performance and a treasure hunt.
Intandiana said FT MAYC members would be joining the second mission to Ishinomaki in the Miyagi prefecture of Japan for post-disaster remedial work with MAYC Global Relief.
A volunteer, Vimal Jeganathan Verasamy, 30, said, 19 volunteers were on the first mission last October to help the fishermen community there.
"Manpower was needed to rebuild lives after the tsunami. The volunteer squad also went to Kedah and Ulu Langat after the floods this year," he said.
MAYC Global Relief chairman Akhramsyah Muammar Ubaidah Sanusi said the volunteer squad harnessed the energy of youth.
He hopes to recruit more volunteers to add to the 200 nationwide.
He said the volunteer squad would focus on post-crisis efforts locally and internationally.
He said the volunteering efforts helped Malaysian youth to learn about the Japanese working culture and attitude.
"While helping the fishermen to seed scallops and oysters, volunteers learnt how diligently the Japanese recycled," he said
Akhramsyah said even after the tsunami, the Japanese continued to separate metal, glass, wood, and plastic in their trash.
The mission sponsors were CIMB Islamic and DYNAC Sdn Bhd.