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Rosmah Advises Girl Guides To Think Out Of The Box | 18/07/2010
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KOTA KINABALU, July 18 2010 (Bernama) -- Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, wife of the prime minister, Sunday advised leaders and members of the Girl Guides Association to emerge from their comfort zone and think out of the box.

"The Girl Guides Association can no longer remain in the old mould and implement routine programmes. Its leaders and members must be prepared to accept new ideas and the latest thinking," she said.

Only in this way could the association be turned into a dynamic one which everyone could be proud of, said Rosmah, who is president of the Girl Guides Association of Malaysia, during her maiden visit to Wisma Pandu Puteri Sabah, here.

She said she wanted the association to be looked up upon and respected by other non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Rosmah reiterated the need for the association to move in tandem with current developments and in line with its mission to help girls and young women develop their potential as disciplined and responsible individuals.

"As I have often said, it is very important to ensure that every programme and activity takes into account the mental development of our young and adult women members in line with the current environment and times," she said.

Rosmah said social problems involving young people were unheard of in the past, but now there were issues such as baby dumping, drugs, ecstasy pills, bullying and gangsterism, free sex and smoking among students.

Young girls were falling easy prey to bad elements which always tried to influence them into social ills, she said, adding that their involvement in the association would keep them away from these undesirable activities.

Rosmah suggested that all members continue to bring the association closer to the local people through community outreach programmes to enable them better understand the core objectives of the association.

"In this connection, I am very happy to know that the Sabah Girl Guides Association is more active in implementing community outreach programmes by having set up a special Tunas team in Bukit Harapan and providing a Therapeutic Park at the Sri Pritchard Old Folks Home in Kinarut," she said.

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