Be active, ex-SSEAYP members told

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THE Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports has urged former participants of the Ship for the South East Asian Youth Programme (SSEAYP) to be more actively involved in programmes related to youth and community.

This message was conveyed by the Acting Director of the Department of Youth and Sports Hj Abdul Malik Hj Mohammad during a dialogue with more than 70 ex-SSEAYP participants yesterday at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium’s lecture hall.

Hj Abdul Malik said that Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah had made this call during the 2013 Contingent’s Flag Handing Ceremony.

At the ceremony, the minister had said he wanted to see ex-SSEAYP participants drive youth organisations, plan and implement youth development programmes, and carry out voluntary work.

He had also suggested that action plans and ‘Key Performance Indicator’ be written up, to ensure they are focused on contributing to the country.

During the question and answer session, Youth Leader of the 2011 SSEAYP batch, Mohd Nasroul Hizam Hj Souyono, voiced out that some ex-participants have been carrying out voluntary activities over the years, though quietly.

“Volunteerism comes from deep inside… we constantly give back and remember why we were on that ship,” said Mohd Nasroul Hizam.

The acting director advised ex-participants to inform the department of their activities. He also said that the department is currently working on an efficient way to record such activities.

Another former participant and executive committee of Bersatu Association (ex-SSEAYP alumni), Mohd Nazriman Hj Abd Rahman, questioned the relevance of the association since now any individual or batch of SSEAYP can carry out their own plans and ideas.

In response to this, the acting director suggested a rebranding of the association, and for more efforts to be made to attract new members.

Hj Malik mentioned that over $36 million have been spent on SSEAYP since the programme started in 1985 and currently there are over a thousand ex-participants.

The experience and leadership skills obtained by the ex-participants on the ship should be channeled to contribute to the country and its society.

In an interview with The Brunei Times, Hazmi Hj Hassan from the SSEAYP batch of 2011, said that his batch has been involved in community work since 2012 with activities such as free Zumba sessions and interactions with primary schoolchildren.

The 2011 batch has made plans to organise a big event some time this year, he said, namely a carnival to showcase village products with the participation of young entrepreneurs.

“This will provide a platform for small businesses whilst also raising the credibility of ex-SSEAYP participants,” he said.

The dialogue session also included a briefing on voluntary programmes spearheaded by youths for the community. Ideas were also bounced between the ex-SSEAYP participants and department officers on the focus of future activities such as sports, education and environment.

The Brunei Times