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SABERKAS to recruit more Chinese members

PERTUBUHAN Belia Kebangsaan Bersatu Sarawak or better known as SABERKAS has said it will go on a recruitment drive for Chinese members.

Secretary-general Datuk Aidan Wing said this is necessary so that SABERKAS truly reflects the State’s multiracial population.

“We hope we can get 15 to 20 per cent Chinese members in our total membership … It is wrong for people to say Saberkas is a Bumiputera organisation because it is open to all races in Sarawak,” he said.

This is a good idea and really is part of the spirit of what it means to be Sarawakian — to include all Sarawakians, no matter what their ethnicity.

Many of us may not realise what SABERKAS is. Some of us may think it is just a shopping centre for IT-related goods and mobile phones!

SABERKAS was actually formed on July 22, 1972 to unite the youths of Sarawak and to utilise their skills to develop the nation.

It is actually a huge youth movement that aims to mobilise youth to serve the community, State and country.

SABERKAS conducts activities such as gotong-royong, youth conventions, courses for skills training and visits to the less fortunate.

I couldn’t find the latest statistics of membership online, but as of 2009, SABERKAS had 808 units statewide and 130,327 members. This has probably increased over the last two years.

Datuk Aidan also said that SABERKAS is being revamped so that there will be branches in all 71 state constituencies. So far 28 new branches have been formed.

“It is still ongoing, and we hope by within the next three months, we can complete setting up of the branches in all 71 state constituencies,” he said.

What would be good as part of SABERKAS’ recruitment drive for more Chinese members would be to update its website.

How about including the option of different languages like Chinese and Iban as well as English? The idea is to gets its message out there and making the website more accessible could be part of the process.

I look forward to finding more of our Chinese brethren in SABERKAS soon.

A report from The Borneo Post:

Saberkas to recruit more Chinese members — Aidan

KUCHING: Sarawak National Youth Organisation (Saberkas) wants to recruit more young Chinese as members to increase the community’s representation in the organisation.

Its secretary general Datuk Aidan Wing said yesterday the Chinese membership need to be increased so as to reflect the state’s multi racial population.

“An amendment was made to Saberkas constitution to encourage youths aged 45 years and below to hold 70 per cent of the posts in units and branches.

“With this amendment, we hope we can get 15 to 20 per cent Chinese members in our total membership . . . It is wrong for people to say Saberkas is a Bumiputera organization because it is open to all races in Sarawak,” he said during the opening of Saberkas Tabuan Jaya Unit triennial general meeting yesterday.

Speaking to reporters later, he said Saberkas is tapping on the new ideas, approaches and creativity of the young people by getting them more involved in activities of the units and branches.

He pointed out that by doing so, Saberkas can be a good learning ground for future leaders before they take on bigger roles and responsibilities.

“We need to empower them to manage Saberkas by giving them a lot of opportunities. This is also to ensure the organisation becomes relevant and for Saberkas to move forward,” he said.

On a related matter, he said Saberkas is currently in the process of setting up branches in all 71 constituencies in the state in line with another amendment to the constitution that has been approved by Registrar of Societies (ROS).

He further explained this would involve the dissolution of the present branches and units. Among the branches to be dissolved is the Kuching District Branch that currently has over 100 units.

Also dissolved was the Saberkas Tabuan Jaya Unit, which formed its protem committee yesterday headed by six-term chairman Patrick Tan. Saberkas Tabuan Jaya, and two other units – Indian Unit and Third Mile Unit – will be under the soon-to-be formed Saberkas Batu Lintang branch.

To a question, Aidan said 28 new branches have been formed so far. “It is still ongoing, and we hope by within the next three months, we can complete setting up of the branches in all 71 state constituencies,” he said.

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