The Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall Youth Division (SCAH Youth) emerged on September 29, 1985, in response to the spread of civic awareness across the nation. In 2005, the Youth Division was brought under the KLSCAH family, thus continuing its service to the public today as KLSCAH Youth.
Our fulfilment to the public are the following:
- Maintain democracy and human rights
- Promote unity and cooperation among Chinese youth committees, friendship and cooperation among youths of all ethnic groups
- Train abilities and cultivate morality among the youth
- Cultivate concepts of serving the community, devotion to one’s country, and political awareness.
KLSCAH Youth established during the national development of infrastructures in politics, economy, culture and education; a period of rapid changes faced by Chinese communities in a landscape filled with complex challenges. It also became a period when many sought active intervention, as dissatisfaction ran deep within these communities. These types of civil efforts were significant responsibilities shouldered by KLSCAH Youth.
Educate Youth, Nurture Democracy
It has taken years of discussions and practice for KLSCAH Youth to develop its organisational structure and activities. Following the Joint Declaration of National Chinese Guilds and Associations (Xuan Yan), 1985, KLSCAH Youth finally decided to promote the concept of democracy and as the focus of its activities. Our official motto: “Educate Youth, Nurture Democracy”. “Educate Youth” refers to the cultivation of outstanding talents, while “Nurture Democracy” refers to nurturing the leaders of tomorrow with democracy as the theoretical basis.
In 1988, KLSCAH Youth gathered members with expertise in various fields to form a speakers group. The speakers’ group comprises 30 members, with areas of expertise in Democracy, Youth Training, Meeting Protocols, Creative Thinking, Organisation and Management, Youth Counselling, Event Planning, Group Activities etc. Since its inception, members have were invited to give lectures on various topics across the country.
KLSCAH Youth is comprised of the main division and individual members. The main division has one Head of Youth and 20 directors, all selected by group members at the conference (main division members and individual members each account for 10). Each member gets nominated by the Head of Youth. The target is to appoint no more than four directors and then repeat the chosen composition.
There are four sub-divisions in total: Speakers Group, Discussion Group, Publication Group and Activities Group. They actively promote thematic seminars, symposiums, life camps, training courses, training camps, sports, recreation and outings and other activities.
The Spread of Ideas and Literature
Since 1987, KLSCAH Youth has published updates about their activities. It also provides a place for group members to publish works. The division has also published a series of discussion materials: We Are Not Alone (Wo Men Bing Bu Ji Mo) (1989), A Look into The Rights of Malaysians (Tou Shi Da Ma Re Quan) (1991), Scrolls of Youth: 1st Issue (Qing Nian Shou Quan Chang Kan Hao) (1993), Scrolls of Youth: 2nd Issue－Malaysia in Transition (Qing Nian Shou Quan Er – Zhuan Bian Zhong De Ma Lai Xi Ya) (1994), The Pursuit for Democracy (Min Zhu de Zhui Qiu) (1997). Co-publications with other youth committees include Democracy: The Goals of Our Common Pursuit (Min Zhu Ren Quan Shi Wo Men Gong Tong Zhui Qiu De Mu Biao) (1989), Let The Youth Revive Society (Rang Qing Nian Wei She Hui Ba Mai) (1989). Co-publications with the SCAH Civil Rights Committee are Understanding Democracy and Civil Rights (Ren Shi Min Zhu Min Quan) (1987), Protecting Human Rights (Wei Hu Ren Quan) (1989), The Voice of Human Rights (Ren Quan Hu Sheng) (1990) etc.
To promote democratic beliefs, both the KLSCAH Youth Division and Civil Rights Committee began in 1987 to jointly host activities during International Human Rights Day (later known as Human Rights Month) on December 10 each year. A series of activities, through lectures, exhibitions, series of articles, book publications, evening parties etc. were given to stimulate the public’s attention to democratic issues, as well as actively protect the ranks of human rights defenders.
Reaching Out and Cooperation
The Youth Division also maintains close contact with various youth and non-profit organisations (NPOs) across the country, encouraging and cooperating by driving more Chinese organisations to care about current affairs, as well as promoting social reform and progress. They have always been committed to the concept of democracy. In their work, they deeply realised that only by following the spirit of human rights and the idea of multiculturalism can people of all ethnic groups coexist peacefully, work together to build the country, develop Malaysia and allow all people to share the country’s resources fairly and reasonably. Under the mutual encouragement of a group of energetic, ideal and socially-responsible members, KLSCAH Youth has taken on the responsibility of defending human rights and cultivating talents around the clock.