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Published: Tuesday February 5, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday April 20, 2013 MYT 3:42:21 PM

Youths take part in clean-up as part of volunteerism campaign

INCULCATING the spirit of volunteerism among youths is essential in order to produce active leaders in the development of a nation.

Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin said it was pertinent for youths to engage in public activities that could contribute towards community service and development.

“Being involved in volunteer work can forge closer ties among the different races as well as create an awareness on the finer aspects of volunteerism.

“It is only through such activities that one can inculcate self-enforcement to care for the people and their surroundings,” Nong Chik told a press conference after launching the “My Beautiful Malaysia Day” campaign in Jalan Chan Ah Tong, Brickfields recently. He earlier planted three neem trees near the fountain in Brickfields.

Some 5,000 volunteers from corporate bodies, non-governmental organisations, schools and higher-learning institutions gathered as early as 8am to carry out gotong-royong activities at various areas in Brickfields.

The gotong-royong campaign was also held simultaneously in Taman Botani Perdana, Masjid Jamek, Taman Tasik Titiwangsa and Kampung Baru.

Participants painted curbs, removed illegal advertisements and collected garbage, among others. A team of 60 staff from Alam Flora Sdn Bhd and Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) taskforce were also seen at the event.

Nong Chik said the programme, a joint effort by the ministry, 1Malaysia For Youth (iM4U) and Youth and Sports Ministry involved 50,000 people in Kuala Lumpur, 10,000 in Putrajaya and 10,000 in Labuan.

“By holding gotong-royong activities, City Hall’s burden can be reduced significantly,” he said, adding that about 2,500 tonnes of waste were collected daily in the city.

The event was held in conjunction with the Federal Government’s move of designating 2013 as the Year of Volunteerism.

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