Kuala Lumpur – Volunteerism is obviously alive in the hearts of Kuala Lumpur’s youth when more than 7,000 of them were seen joining hands to rejuvenate the historical street of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.
Organised by Malaysia’s youth volunteer community, iM4U, the magnanimous effort by student volunteers from 220 universities saw them eagerly repainting identified old buildings, zebra crossings, roadside curbs and even benches along the street named after the first Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Its chief operating officer, Azlan Rudy Malik, said the pioneer volunteer project was also the biggest initiative being done simultaneously in 50 locations nationwide.
“Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman is the first of many locations we intend to beautify and clean up during the course of our programme in Kuala Lumpur.
“We have divided the initiative into three components which are city cleaning, tree planting and the public art movement which involves painting murals on six buildings selected by City Hall (DBKL),” said Azlan
He added that the range of activities varied to cater to the needs of the community in a certain location.
“In Terengganu, our volunteers are geared towards helping refurbish a fisherman’s house in a village and in Miri, eight longhouses are being repainted by our volunteers. This is one way we can effectively channel help to matters of need,” he said, during the event on Dec 6.
Deputy Federal Territory Minister Datuk Dr Loga Bala Mohan, who launched the event, said the IM4U initiative was ideal in uniting all Malaysians under a healthy cause of looking after their vicinity.
“This is a good way to embed a sense of belonging in our Malaysian youths to the city. They will develop a personal connection and learn to participate in the city’s growth and well-being,” he said during the walkabout to visit a mural painting in progress on a designated wall next to the famous Coliseum Cafe.
Assisted by the Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government, IM4U’s Volunteer Malaysia initiative went on smoothly in terms of attaining speedy approvals from the local councils for the intended locations.
Sponsors such as Permanis Sdn Bhd, which provided Tropicana Twisters for the Batu Road Project volunteers and Nippon Paint, as the proud sponsor of the paint used throughout the entire programme including the repainting of 1.5km curb along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and mural painting at several locations, brought great success to the initiative.
Following the successful pioneer event’s kick-off, Loga Bala said he hoped to see the more youths volunteers participating in IM4U’s initiative to sprucing up the streets of Kuala Lumpur.
“Next year, we are going to host the ASEAN Summit, therefore we have plans to beautify this road as well as Jalan Raja Laut. Works such as refurbishing the pavement, planting more trees and decorating the location with lights will be done to beautify the roads.
“The Volunteer Malaysia programme by IM4U will be done every six months at other locations.”
Volunteer P. Shimla, 16, said she was excited to be part of the programme with her friends as it was a fun way to celebrate the school holiday season.
“Helping to clean up Jalan Tuanku Rahman is more fun and memorable than I thought it would be. I think when I visit this street again I am going to remember all the spots I helped to sweep and repaint to make it look better. I am very proud to have left my little mark here,” she said, while carrying tubs of paint to the location of a new mural project.
Joseph Gan, 22, was surprised to see such a large crowd of youths volunteering their support for the cause.
“I have made new friends from other universities here. It is so nice to see everyone taking the time off their Saturday morning to bring cheer to Jalan TAR.”
For details on lending a hand in the Volunteer Malaysia programme, visit www.im4u.my
– The Star