KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia | 3-8 July & 23-28 July 2017
Throughout July 2017, GIFT ASEAN brought together young leaders across Malaysia to take part in its inaugural Malaysia Young Leaders Programme in Kuala Lumpur. The YLP invites participants to appreciate the importance of multicultural dynamics and to contribute ideas towards building a socially harmonious nation through cross-sectoral collaboration; Government, Private and Civil Society, when it is needed the most.
In collaboration with Malaysia's Ministry of Youth & Sports and as part of the TN50 initiative, the YLP participants applied their business acumen and leadership skills to the development of a business plan for a sustainable network of community based sports hubs.
" Intense, thought-provoking and fulfilling. Anchored by an actual project, the YLP brings together a diverse range of participants to develop solutions for an existing social issue, with the relevant stakeholders closely involved as partners of the programme. Through this journey, participants are challenged to think beyond conventional wisdom, recognise the importance of context in problem-solving, and collaborate effectively to deliver pragmatic ideas a short span of time. "
" Malaysia YLP reshaped my view on the global and ASEAN happenings and how it so much affects my daily life in this small but very potential country, Malaysia. Being so caught up in working life, leaders forget the importance of having a wider viewpoint, which you get to experience in the YLP because it gathers great executives from across sectors: Government, Private and Civil Society. "
" The YLP provides a strong platform for leadership development using tools and by availing an environment that enables participants to cultivate and demonstrate their own unique leadership qualities whilst providing a different perspective on key local and global issues. The use of a real-life project which is executed collectively by the participants enables one to observe and assimilate a range of leadership qualities from your fellow participants throughout the programme. "
MODULE ONE - CLassroom sessions
In Module One, participants took part in candid discussions about the trends shaping Malaysia's future, learned from the insights of prominent Malaysian guest speakers, and tried to craft a new narrative on Malaysia, ASEAN, and the world. These mind-set shifts prepare participants for the work they will do for the experiential component: developing a business plan for a network of community-based sports hubs across Malaysia that is financially viable and socially inclusive.
Participants took part in role play exercises, discussions and presentations, which helped them open up to their colleagues, and engage with new and challenging ideas from GIFT facilitators and their peers.
DISTINGUISHED GUEST SPEAKERS
TAN SRI DATUK DR. REBECCA FATIMA STA MARIA
Former Secretary-General of the Malaysia Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)
TAN SRI DATO' SRI DR ZETI AKHTAR
Former Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia
YB KHAIRY JAMALUDDIN
Minister for Youth and Sports
TUN JEANNE ABDULLAH
Patron of Paralympic Council of Malaysia
Wife of former PM Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
In 2016, Malaysia was known to be ’Asia’s Obese Nation’ with an overweight prevalence of 44.2% among adults- nearly half of the 30 million populace. Since then a great emphasis has been placed by the Ministry of Youth & Sports (KBS) on creating a sports culture among Malaysians to promote a healthy lifestyle as well as achieve excellence and recognition in sports at national and international levels. It is also widely recognised that sports can be used as a unifying tool to strengthen social cohesion.
Despite these efforts, developments in the sports sector have not translated into a general behavioural change within Malaysian society; sports and physical activity are not yet anchored into the culture, habits and lifestyles of a majority of Malaysians.
Participants visited the Ministry of Youth and Sports, engaged with Paralympian athletes and their coaches, met with teenagers at a local community sports facility and debated different business model ideas with a host of grassroots social enterprises during a lively town hall gathering.
They also engaged with former national athletes who explained that sports is an effective tool to bring communities together but cited poor maintenance in sports facilities and accessibility as key areas of concern.
To understand the participation of sports among kids and needs from different communities, participants conferred with students, teachers and parents from a primary school in Banting.
MINISTRY OF YOUTH & SPORTS
Established in 1987, Malaysia's Ministry of Youth & Sports (KBS) envisions for more than 50% of Malaysians to be active and to be recognised as a sporting nation by year 2020.
TN50 or National Transformation 2050 is Malaysia's 30 year transformation plan that aims to serve as a national discourse series geared towards charting the nation's direction via a new canvas.
MODULE TWO - working towards a solution
Adopting the Global Leaders Programme, the Malaysia YLP uses real-world field projects to hone the practical skills needed to manage diverse teams in unfamiliar situations.
After the site visits with partners, community and relevant stakeholders, and through frank and open discussions, participants are invited to question their assumptions, learn to navigate conflicting and contradictory views, and to transform concepts and theories into realities on the ground through the development of a business plan.
Throughout the programme, mentoring and coaching by GIFT facilitators and guest mentors were available to support the participants for real-time learning and self reflection.
Every Young Leaders Programme culminates with a Public Forum, during which participants present the highlights of their business model to an audience of local community, business leaders, government officials and students.
Over 150 guests attended the Malaysia YLP Public Forum in Stadium Bukit Jalil. The business model ideas were presented to and discussed amongst the audience.
Below are a few slides of the recommendations developed by the participants.
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