BDRCS president highlights youth role in nation development

|     James Kon     |

THE Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) acknowledged that one of the challenges faced is to make sure that youth members are ready to become the next generation’s leaders in the society and able to play an important role in the development of the youth as an active volunteer.

This was highlighted by President of the BDRCS Haji Mohammad Suhaimi bin Haji Ibrahim at the association’s 8th Annual General Meeting last Sunday.

Haji Mohammad Suhaimi also highlighted the importance of BDRCS as a national society that governed to become an auxiliary to His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s government and its responsibility towards nation development and in line with the Brunei Vision 2035.

He said this year is quite a challenging year for BDRCS to tighten its governing board, review its constitution and produce its Vision 2020-2025. It is important for all members to take part and engage themselves in an active role to contribute for the development of the society.

Haji Mohd Suhaimi stressed that all activities, either at national or district level that include school cadets, should be related to the seven fundamentals of Red Cross and Red Crescent and in line with the tool kit provided by International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societis (IFRC). This includes first aid, school safe programme, community resilience and disaster preparedness, and community-based health awareness and to expand more into migration first aid and health, first aid in the community and youth in behavioural change.

“The development and sustainability of volunteers is the nerve of the national society and it needs to be addressed seriously if we want to move a step forward from being just a school cadet-oriented society in Brunei Darussalam,” he said.

The president also announced the new members of its National Council and National Executive Board that will govern until 2020. Sheikh Haji Abdul Kadir bin Abdullah was reappointed as its Secretary General effective from July 15.

Members of its National Council, National Executive Board and representative from its four branches throughout Brunei Darussalam attended the meeting.

A file photo of BDRCS President Haji Mohammad Suhaimi bin Haji Ibrahim at the association’s 8th Annual General Meeting. – WANI ROSLAN