SCOUTS ASSOCIATION OF MALAYSIA TO BUILD A 29 STOREY BUILDING WITH A 3 STAR HOTEL IN 2010

January 16, 2010 21:01 PM

Scouts Body To Build Hotel

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 16 (Bernama) -- The Scouts Association of Malaysia (Pengakap) plans to build a three-star hotel at the site of its headquarters in Jalan Hang Jebat here to strengthen its financial resources, National Chief Scout Datuk Seri Shafie Mohd Salleh said Saturday.

He said the 29-storey hotel was expected to be built in the middle of this year and would house the association's headquarters as well as a museum on the history and background of the scout movement in the country.

"We will build the hotel on our own to generate the association's economy and make the scout movement more relevant," he told reporters after presenting scout honours, here.

Also present were National Scout Chief Commissioner Datuk Kaharudin Mo'min and National Girl Guides Chief Commissioner Datin Zalillah Mohd Taib.

Shafie said the hotel would also facilitate the accommodation of the association's members from within and outside the country.

In his speech earlier, he said a "Shape Up or Ship Out" policy would be implemented this year to maintain the excellence of staff of the movement in discharging their duty.

"Staff who do not show excellence in performance will be replaced with people who are more qualified and professional," he said.

At the event, 30 members of the association were presented the Scout Service Medal, eight the National Chief Scout Commendation Certificate and 26 the association's Centennial Memorial Medal.

The former general manager of the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama), Datuk Seri Azman Ujang, who is now advisor to Bernama TV, was among those who received the centennial memorial medal.

-- BERNAMA