Guard of Honour

Guard of Honour

Penang Branch believes in starting the members young. Hence Youth Units and Links in the secondary and primary schools respectively are an important component of the membership base in the Penang Branch.

Activities to train the Youths and the Links are organized throughout the year. These activities include first aid training, leadership training, foot-drill and camping skills, all aimed at instilling discipline and teaching the youths social skills and interaction with their peers and their leaders. The Branch also encouraged its Youth and Link members to participate in the courses and events organized by the Penang State Education Department.

Youth First Aid course

Youth First Aid course

The Branch took part in the Primary Leadership Course for all NGO uniform bodies which was organized by the Penang State Education Department (JPN) from March 23 to 25. This was held at the National Service PLKN White Resort campsite located at Balik Pulau on Penang Island. A total of 35 Link members from SK St. Xavier’s, SK Permatang Tok Jaya Sg Dua, SJKC Jit Sin A, SJKC Sin Ya Alma, SK Stowell, SJKC Keow Kuang, SK Covent, SJKC Pai Teik participated. They were monitored by JPN Co-curriculum Technical Officer, Mdm Ooi Hwei Ching (SPT Chapter O/C Link) and three other teachers from SPS Chapter. The team won the third prize in handicraft design and the 4th prize in cultural performance.

Link Leadership Camp

Link Leadership Camp

The Penang State Education Department (JPN) organized a Secondary Leadership Course for all NGO uniform bodies from March 29 to 31 at the National Service PLKN White Resort campsite located at Balik Pulau. JPN appointed Co-curriculum Technical Officer, Ms Lily Foo, to monitor our Youth members for this 3-day 2-night camp.

Best Link Footdrill

Best Link Footdrill

The SPT District Formation Foot-drill Competition for all uniform bodies was held on April 9 & 10 at the Penang State Co-curriculum Centre located at Alma, Bukit Mertajam. The District Education Office (PPD) of Central Seberang Perai appointed judges from various uniform bodies, including MRC Officers Ms Lily Foo and Mdm Ooi Hwei Ching. MRC Youth members from SMK Sama Gagah again emerged as Champions in the Secondary School Category. Our Link members from SJKC Keow Kuang won the First Runner-up placing for the Primary School Category. Youth members from Bukit Mertajam High School and Bukit Mertajam Conventalso participated in the competition.

The District Education Office (PPD) of Seberang Perai South organized the SPS District Foot-drill Competition in Kulim on April 14. PPD invited MRC Officers, Mr Chang Chi Chern and Mr Chuah Soo Hong to be judges. A total of 5 MRC Youth Units took part in this competition. These Units were from SMK Seri Nibong, SMK Tasek, SMK Simpang Empat, SJKC Kg. Valdor and SJKC Khen Khoon.

On June 2 – 5, MRC Selangor Branch and the National Headquarters organized the Tutti Fratelli International Friendship Camp. Penang Branch selected five Youth leaders from SMK Sama Gagah, Permatang Pauh to attend the camp held at Shah Alam.

Youth Leadership Forum

Youth Leadership Forum

The Youth Leadership Forum was organised on August 26 at SPT Chapter. A total of 55 Youth leaders attended the forum and were briefed by Assistant Director, Youth and the Chapter O/C Youth. The main objective of the briefing was to encourage the school Units to carry out the courses for MRC youth proficiency badges during the year and to provide the leaders who attended with guidelines for their activities.

Junior workshop

Junior workshop

A Leadership Camp for Primary School Uniform Bodies was organized by the District Education Office (PPD) of Seberang Perai Tengah (SPT) from September 18 to 20 at Kem PLKN, Kulim. The Branch sent a total of 35 Link members accompanied by 3 Youth Officers to attend the 3-day 2-night camp.

On October 4 to 7, the Penang State Education Department (JPN) organized the Co-curriculum Management and Administration Course at Langkawi. JPN invited 3 MRC Youth Officers to attend. These were Ms Lily Foo, Mdm Ooi Hwei Ching and Mr Daniel Lim. This was a refresher course for the JPN appointed Co-curriculum Technical Officers, with the main objective of improving the co-curriculum co-ordination among the uniform bodies.

JPN Technical officers, OC & Youth officers

JPN Technical officers, OC & Youth officers

The Youth Development Forum was successfully held on October 20 at the MRC Penang Branch Office. A total of 36 Youth Officers and all Chapter O/C Youth attended the forum. The main purpose of the forum was to help the Youth Officers to understand the MRC standard operating procedures (SOP) and their roles at the School Units, as well as to provide for open discussion on youth development matters. The aim was to have these Youth Officers to be more committed to the MRC and to have their School Units to actively serve the community.

All the activities for the Youth and Link members were successfully carried through with the support of the relevant MRC Officers at Branch and Chapter levels as well as the Youth Officers at the schools. The Branch worked closely the State Education Department (JPN) and the various District Education Offices (PPD) in supporting the Department’s programmes for the school children.

It was therefore gratifying to learn that the Ministry of Education Malaysia (KPM) recognized the inputs of our MRC Officers and appointed Mr Daniel Lim Tat Pin, the MRC Island Chapter O/C Youth as the National Co-curriculum Technical Officer.  Mr Lim, who is also a teacher at SMK St. Xavier’s, received his warrant of appointment at the Ministry’s Office at Putrajaya on March 14, 2012.

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