Highlighted at the Committee NSO Visit (CNV) in Malaysia is the extensive work of the Scout association in producing a comprehensive standard operating procedure for risk management to ensure the safety of members in all Scouting activities. This work has been going on for the past three years, prompted by Malaysia’s participation in the APR Risk and Safely Management workshop held in 2003.
Prof Dato Dr Mohd Zin leads the risk management working team of eight members. They prepared the basic risk management policy in Bahasa which Malaysia Scouts adopted in April 2011. Many value added courses were organized for trainers at state and national level. The standard operating procedure is expected to be ready by 2012 and could be a valuable resource for other NSOs in the region.
Malaysia is the 25th country to undertake the CNV Programme, now on going from 1st to 3rd October. Regional Scout Committee Vice Chairman Prakorb Mukura leads the visiting team with Committee members Dr Azrul Azwar, Shim Ho, consultant Kirsty Brown, sub committee chairman Janaprith Fernando, Regional Director Abdullah Rasheed and Desk Officer for Malaysia Syd Castillo.
Chief Scout Dr Dato Shafie Mohd Salleh leads the host team, along with many Assistant National Chief Scout Commissioners and Chief Scout Commissioners of many states. Zakran Abdul Manan coordinated the CNV. Among key indicators discussed were constitution, youth programme, adult resources, financial resources, communication and partnership.
The visiting team also cited the keen enthusiasm of Malaysian Scouts to reinforce the national concept of “1 Malaysia” which goes well with Scouting’s core principle of being open to all races and creeds, and to live in harmony in a multi cultural, multi religious and multi ethnic society. Ideas were shared on how to integrate “1 Malaysia” in the youth programme package.