KOTA KINABALU: With exactly a month away volunteers for
the Ninth Malaysia Games (Sukma 2002) are fully prepared
to provide the best service to the organisers.
Sabah Sukom Volunteer 98 president Jamal Jinal said some
100 of his members confirmed their participation to volunteer
their services at the Sabah Sukma from Sept 5 to 14.
“At the Sukma there will be a lot of volunteer
groups around. However, ours comprise a mixture of experienced
and newcomers who pledge to do their best,” he said
at a dinner gathering.
Sabah Sukom Volunteer 98 was formed after the Commonwealth
Games in Kuala Lumpur two years ago and the members are
made up of those who had served during the 1998 Games.
“For the Sukma some 30 new members have signed
up with us and we hope this creates an opportunity for
them to gain some experience, because volunteers are not
only needed in Sabah but overseas as well. For instance,
the organisers of the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Manchester
called us but we were unable to go because all the flights
to England were fully booked before the Games,”
Recalling the experience they gained at the last Commonwealth
Games in Kuala Lumpur, Jamal said the organisers allocated
150 places for the volunteers from Sabah.
“As volunteers we had to use our own pocket money
to buy air tickets to Kuala Lumpur, but when the actual
Games began the organisers provided us with food and accommodation,”
“We gained a wonderful experience at the Games,
meeting and talking with people from more than 100 different
“To be a volunteer one must exercise self-discipline
all the time because one is not only providing free service
but representing the State too.
“One must always protect one’s good image
because what one does reflects the State. If one does
something silly it will tarnish the good name of the State.
“Although we are sacrificing our time for free,
we are also shouldering a heavy responsibility to ensure
the smooth process of the Games.
“I hope all of us will be able to maintain the
commitment that we displayed at the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth
Games, because at the end of the Games, the organisers
commended us for a job well done,” he said.
Meanwhile, its deputy president Ajimin Awang said they
are always ready to provide the necessary services if
the need arose.
“Besides volunteering for the major sporting events
we always make ourselves available for domestic events
too. For example some of our members were involved as
escorts for the recent 2nd Special Olympics Mount Kinabalu
challenge,” he said.
“This group of volunteers are also preparing to
escort some disabled athletes for a mountain challenge
to be held in Nepal this year,” he added.