A guiding light for women

Tuanku Hajah Haminah visiting an exhibition booth at the Langkawi International Convention Centre. With her are (from left) Rosmah, Tengku Puan Pahang Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Sultan Iskandar and Raja Nor Mahani.

THE vision of the Girl Guides Association (GGA) is to help women and girls develop their full potential to bring about change in the world, says Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah.

“This is very important because we have managed to attract more than 10 million members in 146 countries.

“This situation has made the GGA a dynamic and effective organisation which is relevant for teenagers and women today,” said Tuanku Hajah Haminah, who is the royal patron of GGA Malaysia.

She was delivering her opening speech during the 2015/2016 GGA Malaysia annual general meeting at the grand ballroom of the Langkawi International Conven-tion Centre in Langkawi, Kedah, on Saturday.

The ceremony also saw YTL Communications Sdn Bhd executive director Datuk Yeoh Soo Keng being honoured with the Srikandi Award by the GGA.

Yeoh, who is also the Girl Guides Kuala Lumpur branch president, received the award from Tuanku Hajah Haminah.

Over the years, Yeoh has held numerous senior management and directorship positions in various divisions of the YTL conglomerate.This has given her an extremely wide business experience in many industries.

She is also an active board member of the National Executive Board of GGA Malaysia.

Yeoh posing with the Queen’s Guides after receiving her award.
Yeoh posing with the Queen’s Guides after receiving her award.

One of her notable achievements was heading the committee for the 2011 Japan Tsunami Disaster Relief Fund which raised RM2.1mil in one month.

National Board Girl Guides Association Malaysia deputy president Raja Puan Besar Perak Raja Nor Mahani Raja Shahar Shah was also honoured with the Paduka Srikandi Award.

She is a member of the Olave Baden-Powell Society which nurtures girls and young women to become leaders of their families and communities.

A total of 228 delegates from GGA Malaysia were present at the ceremony.

Tuanku Hajah Haminah also presented the Asia Pacific Leadership Award for Troop/Unit Leaders (nine recipients), the Asia Pacific Leadership Award for District and State Commissioners (four recipients) and the Asia Pacific Leadership Award for Service to Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting (two recipients).

In addition, 68 recipients nationwide were presented with the Queen’s Guide Award.

GGA Malaysia chief commissioner Normala Baharudin said in her speech that the assocation was celebrating its 100th anniversary and the theme of their celebration was ‘Embrace, Connect, Grow.

Also present was Girl Guides Association Malaysia president Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

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