The Chairman of the ASEAN Scout Association for Regional Cooperation (ASARC) Dato’ Dr. Shahrum bin Osman from Malaysia visited the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta on 4th September to register ASARC as an accredited member of ASEAN.
ASARC was established in 2007 as an informal region grouping of Scout associations among the ASEAN countries at the initial meeting in Malaysia, for the purpose of sharing resources and jointly organizing Scouting activities and programmes among the ASEAN countries, participated by several key national Scout leaders from the ASEAN countries.
Accompanying Chairman Osman was the current ASARC Secretary General JR Pangilinan (Philippines), Assistant Secretary General Alfian Amura (Indonesia), and several key persons from Malaysia including APR Programme Sub-Committee Vice-Chairman Rajalingam Ramasamy.
Welcoming the ASARC team was the Assistant Director for Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, Civil Society Engagements and Interaction with ASEAN Associated Entities, Ms. Leena Ghosh. She said that she is more than happy to assist in the registration process.
During the visit, Mr Pangilinan and Mr Amura talked about ASEAN Scouting including its historic events: the 1st ASEAN Scout Jamboree held in the Philippines in 1993, 2nd Scout Jamboree in Indonesia in 2008, and the third in Singapore in 2010.
Today, out of 10 members of ASEAN, only Myanmar and Laos do not have Scouting yet, while Vietnam has many informal Scouting groups.
In the last ASARC meeting in April this year held in Chiangmai, Thailand, leaders planned for the next two years for joint youth activities among ASARC such as youth roundtable gatherings, Rover Moot and COMDECA, training courses. Special attention was given to conduct a workshop on school-based Scouting and development of Scout properties, to be hosted by Malaysia and the Philippines, respectively.
-- Berthold Sinaulan, APR Honorary Correspondent
Photo: M Fazly, Persekutuan Pengakap Malaysia
Image 1: © M Fazly AF, Persekutuan Pengakap Malaysia