Shaping youths via leadership camp

Mohd Azizi (second from left) and Ihsan Zainal (left) during a tree-planting activity.

Mohd Azizi (second from left) and Ihsan Zainal (left) during a tree-planting activity.

PETALING Jaya City Council (MBPJ), through a partnership with the Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP), is hosting the PJ International Youth Leadership Camp (PJIYLC).

The event, which started on July 2, involves 72 international participants from three developing cities.

Aimed at shaping leadership skills among the youths of today, PJIYLC is a camp that places a significant emphasis on various developmental aspects including economy, the arts, cultural practices, tourism and education.

At the opening ceremony, Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain said it was an initiative of sharing the best of practices among international cities through a programme known as Friendship City.

“We are honoured to be given the opportunity to share the best of what we can offer with other developing cities such as Miyoshi (Japan), Asan and Seongbuk-gu (South Korea), Bandung (Indonesia) and Qingyuan (China).

“Participation is key to creating awareness. Therefore, we will use this opportunity to inculcate them with environmental intelligence and consciousness,” added Mohd Azizi.

Also present at the launch were Malaysian Institute of Planners president Ihsan Zainal Mokhtar and Petaling Utama Education Office Student Affairs Unit head Marhani Mohd Hanif.

The activities revolve around holistic approaches involving tree planting, jungle trekking, an “explorace” in the heart of Petaling Jaya as well as cultural and leadership workshops.

The camp commenced with tree planting where participating delegates pledged and planted trees around the compound of Taman Tasik Komuniti in Petaling Jaya.

Some of the trees planted include local fruits such as mangosteen, lychee, rambutan, longan and pulasan.

Ihsan Zainal said the green movement was evident.

“It is not just an ‘in thing’, but a real one. And we are moving towards it,” he added.

The leadership camp ends tomorrow.