JCI Malaysia most active NGO during pandemic

Wee (seated centre) and Bong (seated, right) at a group photo at the opening of JCI Malaysia 2022 National Conference held at a local hotel here today (Oct 13, 2022).

KUCHING, Oct 13: Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, JCI Malaysia (Junior Chamber International Malaysia) has ‘walked the talk’ by being the most active non-governmental organisation (NGO).

Kuching South City Hall mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng said the NGO was able to do so by quickly adapting to the digitalisation in communication, projects, courses, elections in virtual conventions, and in membership roadmap systems, ensuring youths and communities are connected and empowered to overcome hurdles despite difficulties. 

“Also, with the Special Consultative status granted unto JCI by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 1954, JCI Malaysia and all its local organisations have upheld the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) at all times and everywhere to their best abilities. Keep up the good work. 

“This is why JCI is worth being invested in by both the governments and the youth, as we can determine a country is strong if its youth is strong,” said Wee when opening the three-day 2022 JCI Malaysia National Convention (Natcon) held at a local hotel here.

Wee speaking at JCI Malaysia 2022 National Convention held at a local hotel here today (Oct 13, 2022).

Wee said the purpose of the JCI Malaysia National Convention was to decide the future leadership of JCI Malaysia, to align the directions thereof, and to provide a platform for contributions and talents to be recognised internationally. 

“Events might be a one-off, but out of all of these, treasure the time, the relationships, the networks, the laughs and tears working and enjoying together, and cherish the human personalities that build up in every one of us, as affirmed in the JCI Creed,” said Wee.

The 2022 JCI Malaysia National Convention will see over 1,300 delegates coming from all over Malaysia and 22 respected countries.

JCI Kuching last hosted the JCI Malaysia National Convention 24 years ago in 1998 and Wee conveyed his gratitude that finally the event is back to Kuching again. 

Meanwhile, JCI Kuching president Prexy Jordan Bong said Sarawak government agencies especially the Ministry for Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Sarawak, Ministry for Youth, Sport and Entrepreneur Development Sarawak, BE (Business Events) Sarawak by Sarawak Convention Bureau, and Kuching City Councils have been invaluable in supporting the Natcon progress.

“Without them, we would not be here at all,” said Bong. — DayakDaily