The first day of April 2014 turned out to be a day of mourning as World Scouting lost one of its great leaders.
Dr Azrul Azwar, member of Regional Scout Committee (2009-2012; 2012-2015) and former Chief Commisioner/ Chairman of Gerakan Pramuka Indonesia (2003-2008; 2008-2013), passed away in the afternoon of 1st April 2014, at the National General Hospital in Jakarta.
Born in Kutacane, Aceh, on 6 June 1945, he was a medical doctor who specialized in community health. He was also a professor at the University of Indonesia, and a Director General for Community Health in the Ministry of Health.
Azrul was married to Dr. Rhina Azrul Azwar, his classmate at the Medical Faculty University of Indonesia and has three children: Aidil Nusantara, Ilham Samudera, and Imam Dirgantara, with three grandchildren, all girls.
In Scouting world, Azrul was known as one of the founding members of the ASEAN Scout Association for Regional Cooperation (ASARC) and served as President of ASARC from 2007-2012. In the health world, Azrul was active in several positions: consultant, World Health Organization (WHO); consultant, International Organization for Migration (IOM); Vice President Medical Association of ASEAN, President World Medical Association (WMA); President Confederation of Medical Association in Asia & Oceania (CMAAO); Chairman of the ASEAN Regional Primary Health Care Cooperation (ARPAc).
In one of the recorded messages of Dr Azrul, he shared his thoughts on Scouting.
“In Scouting, we let them (young people) organize their own activities, run their own programme. That through these activities, leadership will come up. (As leaders) our role only is to supervise them. I think, if we given them lots of activities, we let them practice, three aspects will be done: One is Knowing the good -- we tell them what is good. Second is Doing the good -- We give them opportunities to do the good. Lastly, Loving the good -- If they are are able to maintain and practice this good, on a day to day basis, this good becomes part of them.”
By Berthold Sinaulan, APR Honorary Correspondent/WOSM Correspondent