Golf Lessons for Orang Asli Children

by yradmin |

KUALA LUMPUR, 23 Oct 2017 – The Deputy Minister of Education I, YB Dato’ P. Kamalanathan launched the first installment of The Iron Kids under the 1Malaysia Golf Programme in Kuala Kubu Bharu on Saturday, 21 October.
This is a collaboration between Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia and the Deputy Minister. Other partners in this 12-month programme include Hulu Selangor Indah!, the Kuala Kubu Bharu Golf and Country Club and also the community of Kampung Tun Abdul Razak.

The objective of The Iron Kids programme is to use sports, namely golf, to motivate and encourage youths from the rural areas to complete their secondary school education while at the same time improving their communication skills in the English language. With better communication skills, these youths can excel in golf or be employed in the various opportunities available in the golf industry.

This programme is the brainchild of Kamalanathan, who is also the Member of Parliament for Hulu Selangor. It was conceived based on the feedback from the Orang Asli community that he regularly visits. This collaboration is also an excellent example of how an NGO can work with the government or corporate organisation to benefit the community, especially the rural community.

“I am very excited to start this programme in Hulu Selangor. It is a creative way to blend education into sports and at the same time instill all the good values and discipline that the game of golf will enrich the children,” said Kamalanathan.

“It is often said that it takes a whole village to raise a child. It is therefore befitting that this programme brings together an NGO, students, teachers, parents and the local community to assist in the physical development, emotional well-being and educational needs of the youths at this Orang Asli settlement and help create a brighter future for them,” he concluded

It is structured to provide participants with golf lessons once a week, and English tuition twice a week for 12 months. This pilot programme will involve 15 selected students from Kampung Tun Abdul Razak, Kuala Kubu Bharu who attend school at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Dato’ Haji Kamarudin.

Students are required to attend the English classes before they can attend their golf lesson for the week. In addition, the students are required to be enrolled in school throughout the duration of the programme. The English lessons will be conducted by a teacher from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Dato’ Haji Kamarudin, Kuala Kubu Bharu while the golf lessons will be conducted by local Kuala Kubu Bharu boy, En. Mizan Silai at the Kuala Kubu Bharu Golf and Country Club.

YR1M CEO Ung Su Ling said “We are honoured to be part of this innovative initiative that uses sport to bring positive social change to both communities and individuals,”

“All sports advocate a healthy lifestyle and encourage discipline, perseverance and self-confidence amongst other values. Golf, being a gentleman’s game, strongly emphasizes integrity, honesty and respect,”

“As such we hope that the young men and women who participate in this programme will be able to apply the core values they have learnt and be able to forge a brighter future for themselves and in turn benefitting their community.”