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YTL hosts King of Sweden at the Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur

   
Tan Sri (Dr.) Francis Yeoh, Her Excellency Helena SangeLand, Raja Muda Perak, Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah, Rick Cronk, Tan Sri Yeoh Teong Lay and fellow scouts

Kuala Lumpur: October 3, 2007

YTL Corporation was given the honour to host His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustav during his visit in Malaysia for the World Scout Foundation at the Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur. The dinner which was held at Rossini’s, gave His Majesty a chance to meet his counterparts of the World Scout Federation in Malaysia and throughout the world.

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His Majesty also met with Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak at the Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur in the afternoon.

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His Majesty is the honorary chairman of the World Scout Foundation and has played an active role in funding and supporting the efforts of the organization.

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Present was Duli Yang?Teramat Mulia Raja Muda Perak, Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah Ibni Sultan Azlan Muhibbudin Shah who surprised guests when he appeared in all his splendour in scouts uniform, complete with scarf and badges.

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Among guests present was Her Excellency Helena SangeLand, Ambassador of Sweden to Malaysia, and Tan Sri Yeoh Teong Lay and Tan Sri (Dr.) Francis Yeoh of YTL Corp and many other distinguished guests who not only promote the principles of scouting, but have individually donated millions to the foundation.

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Chairman of the World Scout Foundation, Rick Cronk who is also the owner of the famed premium ice cream H?agen-Dazs, shared that his passion for scouting began when he was a young boy and was re-ignited when his children joined the troop. As scouting has a lifetime membership, Mr Cronk urged Malaysians to contribute to the foundation in raising Youth’s that will be an asset to the future.

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In his speech, Tan Sri (Dr.) Francis Yeoh referred to the Scouting movement as ‘a movement, which seeks to train youth to be good citizens with high ideals of honour, to be of service to others and to be self reliant.’

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The scouting movement is well known for?its outdoor and team building activities but is also known to bring forth a spirit of goodwill among people of all race, language and colour.

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Tan Sri also commended Raja Nazrin in saying, “ the Crown Prince of Perak has taken up the cudgels so ably and so valiantly to espouse the cause of true values and have made Malaysia a country of which we have reason to be proud”

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Tan Sri claims that scouting had helped him acquire the values he needed to become the head prefect at Victoria Institution. The interests run in the family as he also has a sister who is very involved in the movement. Dato’ Yeoh Soo Keng is President of the Girl Guides Association for the Federal Territory.

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Scouting is indeed a healthy pursuit and as a long-standing organization, its credibility is one to be revered especially if it standing is able to generate a better and wiser generation to come.


   
His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustav chats with Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah

Speech by Tan Sri (Dr.) Francis Yeoh

 

YTL HOSTS DINNER IN HONOUR OF KING CARL XVI GUSTAF,

KING OF SWEDEN,

HONORARY CHAIRMAN OF THE WORLD SCOUT FOUNDATION  

 

Your gracious Majesty, King Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden – Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Raja Muda Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah Ibni Sultan Azlan Muhubbuddin Shah – Your Excellency Helena SangeLand, Ambassador of Sweden to Malaysia, honoured guests, the Director of the World Scouts Association and the Chairman of the Baden Powell foundation – Tan Sri Tan Sri, Dato – Dato, Distinguished Guests – it is my privilege and pleasure to welcome you this evening to an event to honour and pay tribute to the World Scouting Movement.

 

I have also a very special word of appreciation for my own compatriots.  These are the good people of Malaysia who share your dedication to the noble aims and the laudable activities of scouting.  The Boy Scouts Movement was started in 1908 by Lord Robert Baden Powell for the development of character.  It seeks to train youth to be good citizens with high ideals of honour, to be of service to others and to be self reliant.
 

That was almost 100 years ago.  We are into another Millennium but the Scout Movement still flourishes and has gone global.  Today it is a world wide activity engendering a spirit of goodwill amongst all people.

 

Tonight promises to be a right royal occasion.  We are privileged to have both your King and one of our Crown Princes.  There are only some 40 odd royalties left in the world and Malaysia has nine of them.  That is because we revere our monarchy.

 

King Carl is the Honorary Chairman of the World Scout Foundation and donates two weeks every year solely to promote the Organisation.  He has raised over 45 million dollars in support of Scouting and personally donated 25 million dollars in grants to the cause.  There are men sitting here this evening who besides promoting the principles of scouting have individually donated over a million US dollars to the Foundation.  We are grateful for their generosity and welcome the chance tonight to express our heartfelt thanks.

 

It also gives us an opportunity tonight to pay tribute to the Crown Prince of Perak who has taken up the cudgels so ably and so valiantly to espouse the cause of true values such as, have made Malaysia the country of which we have reason to be proud.  The ideals that His Royal Highness Raja Dr Nazrin seeks to inspire in us all resonate with the same principles up on which scouting is founded.

 

Finally may I on behalf of the good people of Malaysia thank our illustrious visitors for coming all the way to grace this event with your presence.  It has a special meaning for me.  My dear sister Dato’ Yeoh Soo Keng is the President of the Girl Guides Association for the Federal Territory.

 

I’d like to end by saying something about youth and how important it is to instil the proper values in the young.  The demographics of this new Millennium are very interesting.  The average age in this part of the world is 23.  In the West it is 27.  It is the present generation of youth that will inherit the future.  We can’t start early enough training them to be good citizens and self reliant,  which is what scouting is all about – based on sound physical activities and a clean healthy life.  Most of the training is in an outdoor setting.

 

You could not have come therefore to a better place than Malaysia – with its wonderful beaches, clear waters, coral reefs and spectacular marine life.  We have the second highest mountains in Asia after Everest for rock climbing or them parks.  Malaysia has the most ancient forests in the world with exotic fauna and flora accessible only river and jungle treks.  They house the largest cave in the world for the adventurous or the eco tourist.  It is made for scouting.

 

And whilst our visitors today may not be minded to go scuba diving or pot holding they will find plenty of business opportunities in a country rich in natural resources and moving up the economic value chain with many innovative modern commercial Schemes.

 

We also have the best physical infrastructure in the region.  And must now ensure that we match this with the right and the most honourable human infrastructure.  Newton Gingrich in 1995 commented on the lamentable trends compromising youth today.

 

“No society can survive; no civilization can survive with 12 year olds having babies with 15 year olds killing each other, with 17 years olds dying of Aids, with 18 years old getting diplomas they can’t read”.

 

We prefer our youth to be absorbed and happy in healthy pursuits like scouting.  Thank you for coming here and for laying the ground work for future visits to develop scouting in Malaysia.

 

YTL Corporation is honoured to play a role in this His Majesty’s first efforts here.  We look forward to developing a relationship of mutual benefit through a shared interest in scouting and pledge to give this all the help we can.

 

Your Majesty, Tuanku, May God Bless you and your just Causes.




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