Abdul Karim impressed with JCI Malaysia

Abdul Karim holding the TOYM pyramid-shape trophy in a group photo with members of JCI Malaysia Kuching chapter after the press conference. Also seen are (from, third from left) Business Events Sarawak's chief executive officer Amelia Roziman, Wee and Teo.

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, May 15: Junior Chamber International (JCI) Malaysia plays a big role in creating good role models for society.

Hence, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah encouraged young Malaysians to get involved with this kind of voluntary organisations as it could help build a person’s character and develop their abilities.

“Being the only worldwide non-political, non-sectarian youth service organisation, I believe our young Malaysians should get involve with JCI Malaysia in order to develop fellowships, entrepreneurship and leadership skills that are needed by our nation,” he said.

He highlighted this at the press conference on the upcoming JCI Malaysia Ten Outstanding Young Malaysians (TOYM) Awards 2019 at Business Events Sarawak by Sarawak Convention Bureau here today.

These platforms, he continued, also provided opportunities to strengthen networking, which is an important element to become successful individuals.

“Successful people are often well connected, and in this world, we must engage with people because we cannot be alone,” he added.

Abdul Karim pointed out that incredible youths who have made significant contributions to the community or bring advancement to their fields then become role models and inspirations to other young Malaysians to make achievements in the spirit of selfless dedication.

The JCI Kuching chapter will be hosting the TOYM 2019, which will be held for the first time in Sarawak, specifically in Kuching, to inspire and encourage more participation from youths in Borneo.

The TOYM Awards 2019 presentation ceremony will take place on Sept 14 at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here.

The objective of TOYM is to accord recognition to young Malaysians between the ages of 18 to 40, whose dedication to their profession or life undertakings has resulted in exceptional achievements in the form of significant contributions to the progress or welfare of their community at large and to the advancement of their respective field of endeavour.

The TOYM 2019 is open for nominations and JCI Malaysia is now looking for local youths whose philanthropic contributions have helped communities to represent Malaysia and compete for the Ten Outstanding Young Person of the World during the JCI World Congress to be held in Estonia.

Organising chairman of JCI Kuching chapter, Thomas Teo, hoped to see more young, active and outstanding Sarawakians be recognised for their achievements this year.

The past honorees from Sarawak included Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing and Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin as well as DBKU Commissioner Datuk Wee Hong Seng.

The award is open to all Malaysians and involves 10 categories, namely Business, Economic or Entrepreneurial Accomplishment; Political, Legal or Governmental Affairs; Academic Leadership and Accomplishment; Cultural Achievement; Moral and/or Environmental Leadership; Contribution to Children, World Peace or Human Rights; Humanitarian or Voluntary Service; Scientific and Technological Development; Personal Improvement and Accomplishment; and Medical Innovation.

Nominations will close on May 31.

The nominee can fill and return the pre-entry form via website at www.jcimalaysia.cc/toym, email toym.jcikuching@gmail.com, or fax to 03-80610487 to indicate their participation.

For more information, contact Teo at thomasteo.jcim@gmail.com or 012-4183119. — DayakDaily