WITH the introduction of more uniformed units in schools, the scout movement needs to work harder to ensure that it continues to develop, said Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.
“There are too many uniformed units in schools. And lately, it seems that students are losing interest in becoming scouts,” he said when opening the state level Scouts Association of Malaysia’s bi-annual general meeting.
“Now, the scouts have to compete.” he said.
Mohamad also said that the movement needed to look at its own organisation and suggested that district education offices be included in the scouts association in order to increase the effectiveness of the movement.
He added that membership of the scouts should be increased to 23,000 compared to the current 15,000.“Out of this figure, only 10% of them are active,” he said.
He also said a site, located in the Rembau district of Miku, had been set aside to become an International Scouts Camp for courses and camps to be held for scouts from other countries.