Some 1,636 personnel have registered themselves as volunteers with Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU). This was revealed by Jodh Singh, Manager of the International Relations and Volunteer Unit of YBU. The foundation is taking steps to train the volunteers in order to make them more effective and also relevant.
“We’ll pick a hundred, ten from each of the districts, to be trained by professionals. From this number, 30 will be shortlisted, based on their performance and aptitude, to form Skuad Amal (Charity Squad),” said Jodh to Ipoh Echo.
The formation of this team, consisting of highly-trained individuals, is to complement rescue efforts should a disaster (natural or otherwise) occur. The team, according to Dato’ Zainal Abidin Omar, YBU’s Chief Executive Officer, will be the foundation’s contribution in the event of a calamity.
Training will be conducted either at Gua Tempurong or Sungai Siput this month. “They will undergo a rigorous physical regime, as the selection process is tedious,” Jodh added. “Once the team is formed it will be sent for further specialist training to hone members’ skills in first aid and rescue works.”
The squad will be placed in a building of its own. The foundation is looking for a suitable building with some help from the state government. “The squad can be better managed if it’s placed under one roof,” said Jodh, echoing the sentiments of the volunteers who are eager to contribute their service to society.
On the issue of international relationships, the unit chief spoke of an exchange programme with Yayasan Sultaniah Brunei. “We wish to share the experiences of our Brunei counterpart on some of the best practices available for us,” added Jodh Singh.