2011 was another active year for the Youth Units. The Youths took part in many events within the State as well as events outside the State.

The Youth Leadership Forum was held on Jan 22 at SPS Chapter with good support from SPS District Education Office. This was a dialogue session between the Chapter officers and the youth leaders in the School Units. The objective was to ensure the School Units understand the MRC operation procedures for school units, as well as to have an open discussion on youth co-curriculum matters. There were 63 youth leaders from various schools who participated, including SMK Bandar Tasek Mutiara, SMK Agama Nibong Tebal, SMK Valdor, SMK Mutiara Impian, SMK Batu Kawan, MRSM Transkrian, SMK Taman Widuri, SMK Saujana Indah and SMK Tasek.

Camping

Camping

The State Youth Camp for Secondary Schools was held from March 24 to 27 at the Teluk Bahang Recreational Forest, Penang. The participants were MRC Youth members from SMK Convent Green Lane, SMK Penang Free, SMK Dato Hj. Ahmad Said, SMK Jalan Damai, SMK Tmn Inderawasih, SMK Bandar Tasek Mutiara, SMK Simpang Empat, SMK Convent Lebuh Light, SMK(P) Methodist, SMK St. Xavier, SMJK Chung Ling Butterworth, SMK Berapit, SMK(P) St. George, SMK Tun Hussein Onn, SMK Bukit Gambir and SMK Convent Dato Keramat. The Island Chapter OC Youth Mr Daniel Lim and Youth Officer Ms Foo Lily helped in the Technical Committee.

On March 28 – 31, the Children’s Camp for Primary Schools was held at Teluk Bahang Recreational Forest, Penang. This state level camp was coordinated by Co-curriculum Technical Officer Mdm Ooi Hwei Ching who is also the SPT Chapter OC Link. The participants were MRC Link members from SK St. Xavier, SJKC Pai Teik, SK Stowell, SK Sg Gelugor, SK St. Mark Butterworth, SJKC Kuang Keow Bukit Mertajam, SJKC Boon Beng, and SJKC Seng Keow.

The SPS District Foot-drill Competition was organised by the District Education Office (PPD) of South Seberang Perai for all uniform bodies on April 23 at SMK Agama Nibong Tebal. MRC Youth Unit of SMK Sri Nibong emerged as Champion. Youth Unit from SMK Agama Nibong Tebal, SMK Simpang Ampat and SMK Tasek also took part in this competition.

The National Camp for Primary Schools was held from June 19 to 25 at Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan. The Ministry of Education Malaysia was the main sponsor and JPN Penang State Education Department selected one MRC Link member from SJKC Keow Kuang Bukit Mertajam to take part in this national camp.

Footdrill competition

Footdrill competition

The SPT District Foot-drill Competition for all uniform bodies was held on May 3 – 4 at the District Education Office (PPD) of Seberang Perai Central. The judges were appointed from various uniform bodies, included MRC Officer Ms Foo Lily, Mdm Ooi Hwei Ching and Mdm Ng Su Yin. This year, the MRC Youth contingent from SMK Sama Gagah broke a record by winning their first Championship at the district level. Another MRC Youth unit from SMK Alma BM also took part in the competition.

On May 11, the State Level Formation Foot-drill Competition was organized by the Penang State Education Department (JPN) for all uniform bodies. This was held at Pusat Kokurikulum Pulau Pinang. SMK Sama Gagah MRC Youth Unit again won the 2nd Runner up in the competition. JPN appointed judges from various invited uniform bodies, included MRC Officers Mdm Ooi Hwei Ching, Ms Foo Lily and Mdm Ng Su Yin.

SUKBEL

SUKBEL

The MRC International Camp (SUKBEL 2011) organized by National Headquarters at Kandis campsite, Bachok, Kelantan was held from May 28 to June 3. The Penang Branch Youth Assistant Director gave a briefing to the contingent and conducted special training for them on May 14 and May 21. Penang contingent consisted of 40 Youth members (Island 11, SPT 13, SPS 10, SPU 6) and 4 MRC teachers. Participants from Indonesia, Mongolia, South Korea, Japan, India were also at the camp. JPN sponsored a bus to transport the participants, while the Penang Branch subsidised half of the participation fees. Youth officer Ms. Foo Lily was appointed as Team Manager and she was assisted by David Leong from Tuanku Bainun Teachers Institute. Teachers Nazrin Saleha and Saai Bua made us proud as their team won the 1st Runner-up in the IHL Performance. The contingent also got a consolation prize in the Foot-drill competition. There were many activities held during the camp, such as Disaster management, CPR, station games, cultural night, camp crafts and special learning course for the young leaders.

On June 3 – 5, the SPT Chapter held a Youth Training Camp at SJKC Jit Sin A, Berapit. The camp involved about 100 young members. The activities included youth proficiency badges test and training covered foot-drill, first aid, camp crafts and fire precaution. The camp was under the supervision of SPT Chapter OC Youth Mr. Lor Wooi Seng and his youth leaders committee.

Youth skill station

Youth skill station

The State Education Department (JPN) organised a Leadership Camp for all NGO uniform bodies from September 12 to 15 in the national service PLKN campsite located at Bukit Besar, Kulim. 40 MRC members and 4 teachers took part. The appointed event coordinators were MRC Youth Officer Ms Foo Lily and Co-curiculum technical officer Mr. Daniel Lim.

March past

March past

The Penang State Government organized a Parade on Malaysia Day September 16 at Jalan Bagan Luar, Butterworth. The best MRC youth contingent from SMK Sama Gagah Permatang Pauh was selected to take part in the march past. 34 youth members and 3 teachers were involved in this event. MRC Youth Officer Ms Foo Lily was appointed as the Contingent Manager.

Volunteer Appreciation Day was organised by SPT Chapter on September 25 at the Summit Hotel, Bukit Mertajam. The chapter officers, VAD and Youth Leaders were invited to attend. The aim was to give recognition to the members committed to the society by appreciating their hard work and voluntary service. There was a ceremony to present warrants of appointment to their committee members and rewards for outstanding members.

Appreciation by Ministry of Education

Appreciation by Ministry of Education

The Penang State Co-curriculum Assembly 2011 was held on November 16 at Jawi Public Field, SPS. The Penang State Education Department (JPN) organised this Parade for all uniform bodies and annual award presentation for the outstanding schools. Mr. Lim Kuo Shee, MRC Penang Branch Asst. Director of Youth was invited to witness the ceremony and receive a Certificate of Appreciation from JPN Director. MRC contingent consisted of 80 Youth, 40 Link members and 5 teachers from SMK Sama Gagah Permatang Pauh, SMJK Jit Sin and SJKC Keow Kuang at mainland. For this event, our MRC officers and members also worked together with SJAM (St John’s Ambulance) for the first aid duty.

Youth contingent

MRC Youth contingent

Penang State Education Department (JPN) organised a 3-day course on Co-curriculum Management and Administration from November 17 to 19 at Langkawi, Kedah. The main objective of this course was to improve co-curriculum coordination among the uniform bodies. At this event, all uniform bodies presented their annual activities report and project plans. The course was planned for the teachers actively involved with the uniform bodies and who would be appointed as JPN Co-curriculum Technical Officers. Mdm Ooi Hwei Ching and Ms Foo Lily were invited to participate.

In 2011, the MRC Penang State Youth Leadership Camp was held from December 20 to 22 at Taman Inderawasih, Prai. The objective was to develop leadership potential in outstanding youths, to encourage team-building amongst youths and to promote MRC youth proficiency badges scheme. About 200 members participated in this camp. Besides camp crafts which involved set up tents and gadgets at the campsite, other activities included mass-cooking, exploring the International Humanitarian Laws, international phonetics & radio telecommunication skills, Foot-drill training, fire safety precautions, casualty transportation techniques, learning practical first aid, ambulance and life-saving equipments, team building and youth gathering. The course was conducted by MRC certified Instructors, the Royal Malaysian Army (Tentera Darat Diraja Malaysia), Fire & Rescue Department of Malaysia (Jabatan BOMBA & Penyelamat Malaysia), the Scout Master and Malaysia Amateur Radio Transmitters’ Society (MARTS).

Penang Youth Camp

Penang Youth Camp

Report by Mr.Lim Kuo Shee
Assistant Director of Youth
MRC Penang Branch