Friday, October 2, 2009

Scouts To Honour Contributions Of Former Minister Tun Sardon Jubir

From Malaysian National News Agency or Bernama.

The contributions of the late Cabinet Minister Tun Sardon Jubir to the Scout Movement will be remembered when Malaysia hosts the 23rd Asia Pacific Regional Scout Conference from October 27 to November 1.

Sardon, the Chief Scout from 1963-1973 contributed much to the Malaysian Scout Movement, particularly in creating the Malay States Federation of Boy Scouts Act 1968, said Sahrizal Sunari, secretary of the Malaysian Scout Federation.

He said the Scout Movement had achieved much when Sardon was head of the Malaysian Scout Federation.

During this time, Malaysia organised the 4th Far East Scout Conference in 1964, a first for Malaysia, and the 1st Malaysian Scout Jamboree in 1966.

Sardon's contributions to the Scout Movement won him several foreign awards including Gold Medals from the South Korean Scout Movement and the Scout Movement of Thailand.

Sahrizal said in recognition of his contributions, the scout camp in Balakong, Kajang, Selangor was named the Sardon Jubir Scout Camp.

The Asia Pacific Scout Movement has 24 members namely Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Taiwan, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, South Korea, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Sardon who was born on March 19, 1917 in Sungai Kluang, Rengit, Batu Pahat, Johor held several Cabinet posts from 1957-1973 as Works Minister, Energy, Telecommunications and Posts Minister, Transport Minister and Health Minister.

In 1974, he was appointed Malaysian Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.

He served as the Yang Dipertua Negeri (State Governor) of Penang from 1975-1981.

Sardon, who passed away in 1986, is the grandfather of 1980s model-cum-actress Amanda Lokman.