The Royal Commonwealth Society Youth Affairs aims to be a dialogue partner for international organisations by cultivating the Commonwealth values nationally and internationally.
The Royal Commonwealth Society of Malaysia Youth Affairs Division (RCSYA) was initiated in 2015 by Dhanesh Basil and Kishva Ambigapathy with the advice of Ms Bernice Narayanan, Chairman of the Clubhouse. RCSYA supported Kishva’s nomination for the Commonwealth Youth Council Chairperson’s position.
RCS Youth members were installed during the Commonwealth Day Celebration on 14th March 2016. In total, 28 youths were installed with the presence of the Commonwealth Country High Commissioners, RCS President Datuk Feisol and the Chairperson Ms. Bernice Narayanan.
Commonwealth Youth Council Malaysia Candidate announcement took place, Engr Kishva Ambigapathy contested as the Chairperson of CYC
Speakers: Her Excellency Honourable Patricia Scotland ,QC (Commonwealth Secretary General), Mr.Kishva Ambigapathy
UK-Malaysian Youth Parliamentary Townhall Session by Parliament Belia Malaysia, British High Commission and RCSYA
On 23rd of May 2016, RCSYA Director, Mr. Dhanesh Basil signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Audacious Dreams Foundation on promoting global understanding for sustainable development and holistic growth between Malaysia and India.
RCSYA collaborated with Food Aid Foundation and OSAI Foundation to celebrate the Ramadhan month with approximately 80 underprivileged children
Mr. Dhanesh Basil and Mr. Sanjeevan Soman from RCS Youth Malaysia attended the Commonwealth Youth Forum in London. They participated in the sub theme sessions which were focusing on a fairer future, a sustainable future, a prosperous future and a securer future.
RCS Youth Affairs conducted our first fitness project of the year - Hiked Bukit Gasing Hill, PJ. We gathered at about 8.00am in the morning and started hiking with our RCS Youth Affairs members and joined in together with our public. The hike was very challenging at some places due to the steep of the hill yet as the spirit of YOUTH we hiked till the top. It took us around 2 hours.
The RCS Youth Affairs under the leadership of Mr Dhanesh Basil was proud to host the India-Malaysia Student Exchange participants which is being led by Mr Dinesh Gajendran at our RCS Club House on 10th March 2018. Ms. Bernice Narayanan, Chairman of Royal Commonwealth Society gave her welcoming speech and gave assurance that RCS the Youth Affairs will continue to engage with the Commonwealth Youth Council for the benefit of our youths.
RCS Youth Affairs organised its first RCS Open Futsal Tournament at Super Boboi Futsal Court. We had 24 teams representing in 2018 and 32 teams in 2019 most of the states in Malaysia. We would like to thank Ms. Bernice Narayanan & RCS Council Members for their continuous support and guidance. Special thanks to Mr. Padmarajah, National MIC Putera Deputy Chief for officiating the event. The champion of our RCS Open Futsal Tournament won RM 1500.00 followed by RM 1000.00 and RM 200.00 for 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
We had (2) representatives from RCS Youth Malaysia attending the Commonwealth Youth Forum in London. They participated in the sub theme sessions which were focusing on a fairer future, a sustainable future, a prosperous future and a securer future. RCS Malaysia then decided to conduct the session on a national context to receive input and feedbacks from young people on how these are impacting their daily life. We completed all the (4) session by December 2018 by engaging with various stakeholders.
The RCS Youth Affairs of Malaysia organised the first series of #MYCommonwealth Chat Series 1: A More Sustainable Future. This discussion has enlightened the participants on the importance of environmental awareness and technologies impact towards environment. We discussed our main concern and on global issues especially on global warming, endangered life and sustainability.
The discussion was on their vision of democracy, good governance, human rights and the rule of law to which we all should subscribe.
The RCS Youth Affairs Malaysia together with Audacious Dreams Foundation was glad to host the India-Malaysia Youth Exchange & Study (YES) from the 25th August to 1st September 2018 in conjunction of Malaysia’s Independence Week Celebration. The programme will kick start from the historical city of Malacca and to Kuala Lumpur. The delegation met policy makers, young politicians, educational visit and a few industrial visits.
RCS Youth Malaysia collaborated and participated in the Manipal Run 2018 which was held in Manipal University, Nilai. The raise funds were contributed to ASEAN Autism Games in Jakarta.
Director of RCS Youth Affairs Malaysia, Dhanesh Basil cum the RCS Asia Youth Coordinator attended the RCS International Meeting 2018 which was held in London. Meeting convened with the presence of more than 25 RCS branches and participated by 120 delegates from all over the globe. The RCS Asia Youth Coordinator had the opportunity to share his experience and ideas on several platforms during the meeting. He also had the privilege to meet and welcome HRH The Duchess of Cornwall at a reception hosted by Her Majesty’s Government.
RCS Youth Affairs organised its very first Deepavali Potluck 2018. We also discussed on the future projects and initiatives of the Youth Affairs.
RCS Youth Affairs had a Courtesy Visit to Institute for Youth Research Malaysia. Thank you Dr Zainah, CEO of IYRES for the guidance and possible collaborations for 2019. We are looking forward to bringing the discussion to the next level. IYRES has always been a benchmark for other countries in the preparation of the Youth Development Index.
RCS Youth Malaysia hosted their very first #MYChat Series for 2019 which featured a very special guest from the Royal Malaysia Police, a former Chief Police Officer of Penang. He is well known for his tough stand against gangsterism, drugs and other serious crimes. We were glad that the attendees utilised the moment very well with putting forward interesting questions.
RCS Youth Affairs Malaysia attended the RCS Asia Conference which was held in Hong Kong. The areas of discussion were on youth & education, a sustainable future, peacebuilding within Asia and Trade- the Commonwealth Advantage. We would like to thank Peter Mann, the RCS Asia Coordinator for hosting a great session together with his team in RCS Hong Kong. Delegation is being led by Mr. Dhanesh Basil, Director of Youth Affairs Malaysia. The delegation also included Mr. Sanjeevan Soman, Deputy Director of Youth Affairs Malaysia, Mr. Kulendran Amirthalingam, Treasurer of Youth Affairs Malaysia and Mr. Janagken Yohayindra Kumar, Information and Media Chief of Youth Affairs Malaysia.
RCS Youth Malaysia hosted a Dinner Discourse with staffs from Commonwealth Secretariat and Royal Commonwealth Society London who were here for the Commonwealth Youth Dialogue Conference & Training Workshop on Peace Building. We shared on the long history of RCS Malaysia and the youth programmes that RCS Malaysia has been working on. Session was also attended by Ms Bernice Narayanan, RCS Malaysia Chairman.
The Queens Commonwealth Essay Submission Campaign 2019 was initiated by RCS Youth Asia. This initiative was supported by 13 organisations: Chevening Alumni Brunei, Commonwealth Swgi India, Audacious Dreams India, RCS Youth Malaysia, RCS Hong Kong Young Fellows, RCS Singapore, Awareness 360, Teach for Bangladesh, Satria Malaysia, Brighter Tomorrow Project, International Youth Council, Youth Advocacy Youth Pakistan and Commonwealth Student Association across (8) Commonwealth members’ states.
RCS Youth Malaysia facilitated a Dialogue between the Somali Students Community in Malaysia with Johor Student Leaders Council (JSLC). They were exposed on the opportunity given to young people in Malaysia.
RCS Youth Affairs Malaysia collaborated in a Project "Score Your Goals" which consists of a workshop on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Global Citizenship. The workshop is powered by US State Department, American Councils for International Education, Commonwealth Students’ Association, Awareness 360 Global and Global Changemakers Switzerland with total participation from (6) universities.
The RCS Youth Affairs Malaysia had an engagement session with the Malaysian Youth Parliament Representative from Selangor and Federal Territory. We looked into potential collaboration of RCS Youths and Members of Malaysian Youth Parliament in bringing the Commonwealth values and the UN SDG's to the grassroot level besides conducting CSR programmes. We would like to thank Ms Bernice Narayanan, Chairman of RCS Malaysia for her continuous support for the youths.