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Boys’ Brigade join Malaysia Day in Padang Merdeka

KOTA KINABALU – The KK Division Boys’ Brigade joined thousands of other Malaysians to celebrate Malaysia Day at Padang Merdeka here on Sept 2018. It was attended by 54 members and officers from the 2nd, 3rd, 11th, 13th KK and 1st Penampang Companies, led by Lieutenant Jeremy Chin, of 11th KK (picture).

The program started at 8.10pm and ends at 10.30pm. It was attended by VVIP Sabah State Governor TYT, Malaysia Prime Minister and his Deputy, Sabah Chief Minister, federal and local ministers.

There were numerous songs, a presentation of history of Sabah and Sarawak, followed by cake cutting. The celebration continued with flag rising and ended with colourful fireworks.

Of the thousands who came, the celebration displayed unity of multicultural and races in Malaysia, especially in Sabah. – Jeremy Chin

Boys’ Brigade 4th KK Company celebrates 36th Enrolment Service

Fr Paul Lo presented appointment letters to new BB Warrant Officers, Aug 29 at Mary Immaculate Church

BUKIT PADANG, Kota Kinabalu – The Boys’ Brigade (BB) of the 4th Kota Kinabalu Company celebrated its 36th Enrolment Service (15 May 1982 – 2018) during Sunday mass at Church of Mary Immaculate (CMI) on 29 Aug. 81 officers and members who came in full uniform, attended the service.

Before the Mass, BB members lined up in front of the church for the Guard of Honour.  Fr Paul Lo, presiding priest, had the honour of performing the inspection of the line-up of both junior and senior members.

He also presented appointment letters to new Warrant Officers namely; Daniel Tham, Maltida Tham, Adrian Thien, Cecelia Thien, Alex Lee and Dorothy Ho.

Before mass began, a short video clip on the activities of the BB was shown to the congregation. The Boys’ Brigade joined in the procession carrying their flag which was received by Fr Lo, and handed over to Captain Anna Liew and placed beside the sanctuary.

After homily, Fr Lo informed the congregation that he would be performing the Act of Enrolment and blessing for the BB members in attendance. To this end, the BB official song titled ‘Anchor Song’ was sung by the BB members, saluting the emblem of strength and right and remembering their motto: ‘Sure and Steadfast’.

Fr Lo invited the Company Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO) to come forward in turn, to renew their promise to advance God’s Kingdom among members, to support the church and to promote habits of obedience, reverence, discipline, self-respect and all that tends towards true Christian character.

The pre-junior, junior and senior members also renewed their promise to be loyal members of the BB which helps them to enjoy life in physical, educational, social and spiritual growth; and to support all the activities of the Church and Company in God’s name.

Fr Lo called upon the congregation to pledge their support for the work being done by the BB in this Church and to pray for all the Officers and Members that God will keep them sure and steadfast in their faith.

During mass, members of the BB were involved as the commentator, readers, wardens and offertory bearers.

They adjourned afterwards for a group photo session, awards presentation and lunch fellowship.

With every badge/award given out during the Brigade Award presentation, there was a short explanation on the process they have gone through in order to get the badges/awards.

Also present in this celebration were the Honorary Captain, Mr. Anthony Fong, the founder and first captain of the 4th Kota Kinabalu Company, and Captain Neil Mah of the 11th Kota Kinabalu Company.

For boys and girls who are interested, the BB’s weekly activities are on Saturday, 2pm to 5pm at Church of Mary Immaculate or visit online at 4thkkbbcoy.blogspot.com or its Facebook page: 4th Kota Kinabalu Boys Brigade Company – CMI SOCCOM

Adventure camp for Stella Maris Boys’ Brigade

KOKOL, Manggatal – The 11th KK Boys’ Brigade Company of Stella Maris, Tanjung Aru had successfully held a 2-day 1-night camp on 14-15 July 2018, at Natai in Kokol Manggatal, about an hour car drive from the city centre.

A total of 42 members from the Junior Section as young as eight years old as well as the Senior Section and officers attended the camp.

It took about two hours of jungle trekking in beautiful lush green sceneries alongside the tracks and high slopes before reaching the waterfall. Members were excited as soon as they heard the sound of water flowing and with the blend of nature they forget about their tiredness and splashed into the water.

It was an amazing journey where it tested the members’ stamina but nonetheless a worthy experience for all. The fun did not stop as they were allowed once again to have an enjoyable time at the river after the jungle trekking. It was a fun camp day for them especially swimming in the freezing cold Natai River, just next to the campsite.

During night fall, the owner of the campsite prepared a space for the campfire. Members were excited with the lighting of the fire and the campfire started with a charade game led by Captain Neil Mah. Every group presented their interpretation of what they had learnt during the whole day.

Officers joined the fun by singing and doing action songs, the seniors sang our very famous local song ‘Original Sabahan’ and the whole night was filled with joy and laughter. During the Sunday church service on the 15th, members were welcomed by the parishioners of St Irenius, Natai. They were happy to see visitors coming to celebrate service at their chapel where young members were exposed to the village-style chapel.

The camp adjourned with a very special treasure hunt where members hunted for natural treasures such as fishes, frog, grasshopper and the rarest item which is baby shrimp, instead of solving puzzles and body activities. They were not only introduced to living organisms and the environment but also to nature conservation. The camp ended with a birthday celebration for July ‘babies’ with a chocolate cake for all.

“Yes, I would like to join 11th KK Camp again!” said members after returning from the camp. Camping has been a key part of the Boys’ Brigade for a long time, held as part of preserving the tradition started by Sir William Alexander Smith, founder of the Boys’ Brigade, to combine drill and fun activities with Christian values; Discipline, Obedience, Relevance and Self-Respect. They are asking for another adventure camp because for Boys Brigade, “The Adventure Starts Here!”. The 11th KK Company is inviting parishioners to our weekly parade at 1.30pm, Stella Maris Hall or contact 013-8798415 for further inquiries.

For more information on the place, log on to adventureculturalvillage.blogspot.com.  Jeremy Chin and Rachel Natalie Lai

Boys Brigade participates in Hari Belia Sabah 2017

LIKAS – The Boys Brigade of Kota Kinabalu Division participated in the annual youth program Hari Belia Sabah 2017 organised by the Sabah Youth and Sports Ministry on 19-21 May 2017. The event was held in Likas Sports

The event was held in Likas Sports Complex and launched by Sabah Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Musa Aman.

Some 3,000 participating youth from various organisations came and took part in the health and adventurous sports programmes, and other activities during the three-day event.

Some of the other youth organisations present were Girls’ Brigade, Pengakap, Persatuan Pandu Puteri Malaysia, Pergerakan Puteri Islam Malaysia, St John Ambulance, Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia, Young Malaysian Movement, Gerakan Belia Bersatu Malaysia and Junior Chamber International (JCI).

The event attracted some 10,000 visitors which offered day and night programmes such as motivational talks, cultural dance and singing performances, recycle fashion show and sports tournament.

Government agencies, hotels and other organisations made their presence felt with exhibition booths showcasing their activities and offering advice on skills, entrepreneurship, opportunities of education and employment by the Youth and Sports Ministry.

The Boys Brigade of Kota Kinabalu Division sent a total of 150 members and officers to the event. Members had the opportunity to see how other organisations function, to learn new skills, and to explore new opportunities.

The KK Division BB, at their exhibition booth, promoted all the activities carried out throughout the year through the objectives of Boys’ Brigade; the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom among members and the promotion of habits of Obedience, Reverence, Discipline, Self-Respect, and everything that tends towards a true Christian character, including the 50th Boys Brigade International Camp which was held on 3-6 June  2017. Jeremy Chin

Boys Brigade Sabah receives RM2,000 from charity drive

KOTA KINABALU – The Boys Brigade of Sabah received RM2,000 from the charity drive held during the 12th Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebration on 16 Dec 2016.

Eighteen senior members of 11th Kota Kinabalu Company (Stella Maris Church) were assigned to be on duty for the Charity Donation Drive at Padang Merdeka during the ecumenical event, Dec 13-16. Officer Joachim Chia and Jeremy Chin were there to assist the members’ movement during the four-day event.

The 11th KK Coy worked together with other Boys Brigades of KK Division consisting of 2nd KK Coy (Basel) and 3rd KK Coy (Anglican) and managed to collect RM7720.05 on those nights.

A total of 10 NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations) were selected to receive this donation from the Sabah Council of Churches through DBKK (Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu). The Boys Brigade in Malaysia, Sabah State Council was one of those who received RM2,000 that night. Jeremy Chin  


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