Canadian scout group visits Kuching on second leg of Malaysia-Singapore visit
By Danielle Sendou Ringgit
SOME WARM CANADIAN CHEER came breezing through Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom’s office when representatives from the 180th Pacific Coast Scout Group paid the Sarawak Scout Council president a courtesy call at his office yesterday.
Led by the Scout group’s founder and head advisor John Chow, the 29-member contingent is on the second leg of the organisation’s International Service Project 2015 through Malaysia and Singapore which began in Kuala Lumpur on May 2.
“I believe there is going to be a very important relationship between Sarawak scouts and Canadian scouts, and I hope that the local group here will compare notes, trying to explore what are the possibilities on which we can work together,” said Mawan, who is also the Minister of Social Development.
“Not only are we here to do some cultural exchange, but we have sharing sessions in terms of various presentations which include scouting membership, leaderships, personal development and environmental stewardship,” said Chow.
Every 12 to 24 months, the Scout group travels abroad as part of a personal and team development exercise as well as to learn about and help its destination countries. This is the group’s fifth International Service Project since 2008 where they have visited China, Japan, the Philippines and Mexico.
During their Kuala Lumpur trip May 2-6, they visited with 1st Kuen Cheng Scout Group, the Petronas Twin Towers, and non-profit organisation House of Love.
Their busy itinerary here until May 12 with the Sarawak Scout Council includes mangrove planting in Kuching Wetlands, a sharing workshop at Batu Lintang Teacher Training College, seeing the orangutans at the Semenggoh Wildlife Center and visiting Sarawak Cultural Village.
“We really believe that the mangrove forest need to be preserved, we need to be much kinder to the earth,” he added.
As Chow is a member of the Canadian Board of Governors, he said that the crew represented Scouts Canada during their trip to Kuching.
The Scout group will be in Malacca from May 12-14 with the final leg of their trip being in Singapore from May 14-17.
Established in 2007, 180th Pacific Coast Scout Group is a premier development programme for young adults aged 18 to 26 years old in Metro Vancouver. Currently, the group has 180 members making them the largest Rover Scout Group in Scouts Canada.
Also present during the courtesy call was Sarawak Chief Scout Commissioner, Sudaryo Osman.