MALAYSIA TO BID FOR WORLD SCOUTS ORGANISATION'S HQ TO BE LOCATED IN KL

January 03, 2011 23:25 PM

Malaysia To Bid For Locating World Scouts Organisation's Headquarter Here

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 3 (Bernama) -- Malaysia will offer to be the location for the World Scout Organisation's headquarters, which is now in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Malaysian delegation, headed by National Scout chief Datuk Seri Dr Shafie Salleh, will bid for it at the 39th World Scout Conference in Curitiba, Brazil from this Jan 10 to 14.

The Malaysian delegation has received the blessings of Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek to do the bidding, during their meeting at the minister's office, here, Monday.

Shafie later told reporters that a number of countries had expressed support for Malaysia's bid.

Besides that, he said, the Malaysian delegation would also be promoting to other countries, the 12th Malaysian Scouts Jamboree and Terengganu International Scouts Jamboree in November this year, at the Curitiba conference.

Ahmad Shabery said the building of the World Scout Organisation's headquarters in Malaysia would need Cabinet approval first if Malaysia succeeds in its bid.

"As the scouts movement in this country has among the biggest membership among non-governmental organisations, it is only apt if Malaysia is chosen as the location for the headquarters of the world scouts body," he said.

-- BERNAMA