Please note that CAC 76 & YAC 30 (Nov 20th to Nov 29th) are already FULL.
There are only a FEW places left for CAC 77 & YAC 31 (Dec 2nd to Dec 11th).
There are still places for CAC 78 & YAC 32 (Dec 13th to Dec 22nd).
“I joined the Classic program 23 years ago. Till today it still has a great impression in my life when I start sharing my experience with friends, colleagues and staff on how OBS has played a very useful part in my life. All the experiences on land and sea activities are a simulation of life. One can learn one’s strengths through this activities. With these learning one can have a reference point whenever one faces with challenges of life. The ‘One Minutes Silence’ in the morning and during meals is useful for us to reflect our thoughts and feelings. It trains us to control our desire when in hunger. It is simple and powerful self-control training to be instill in all leaders to be.
The Sharing of Feeling and Thoughts with the team after the Solo Camping, and Rappellin and Abseililng brings out the fear that we have to manage it more effectively whenever it reappears in our contributing life.
There is no amount of class room training , books or lab work can replace this learning process. Mother Nature is the greatest teacher, and with the environment provided by OBS, Lumut, you learn more about life, teamwork, individualism, wisdom power, humility, care for our fellow human kind and the enviroment alike. These make us a total person and be a role model for our family and the youngs.
The motto: To Strive And Note To Yield is built on the strong foundation of OB Spirit. The spirit is built on the simple song we learned and the war cry we adopted. We apply them in all the activities. They are still crystal clear in my heart. We sang the song entitled ” We Got The OB Spirit All Over Me”. We shouted “Ho Choo Hoi” to keep the team spirit up whenever we need the boost. We also sang “Rasa Sayang” .
Chiam, I hope you don’t mind when I put your message on the main page because you put everything that need to be said regarding the “magic” of Outward Bound….Executive Director
We would like to wish all our Chinese supporters, friends, clients & alumni all the Luck, Happiness, Wealth & Health for the Year of the Rabbit!
Kong Hee Fatt Choy, Gong Xi Fa Cai or Keong Hee Huat Chye (if you are Hokkien)….
Currently there is a course ongoing where a friendly lawyer friend very kindly sponsored a group of Myanmar Refugees children to attend a 5-day Outward Bound Course of kayaking, camping and rapelling. It is quite obvious that never in their wildest dream, they would ever attend this type of course.
We observed that they never waste any food and very appreciative of everything even the basic accommodation at Outward Bound….I think we got a lot to learn there.
Thank you my friend, Kamil, for making us to sit back and think a little bit.
1st January 2011
On the eighth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.
Well, good excuse wishing everybody a belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2011!
It has been quite a tough year for Outward Bound Malaysia where a few of our clients reviewed their contract with us therefore affecting our financial position. In addition, the adverse publicity of the leptospirosis (rat urine contamination) cases, ongoing Dragon Boat Accident Inquiry in Penang and the continuous presence of H1N1 flu exposure influenced the decision of parents not to send their children for any outdoor adventure course.
As in our motto “To Serve, To Strive and Not to Yield”, we never give up and managed to convince new clients to enjoy the “magic” of an Outward Bound course. Thank you very much!
We completed the Youth and Children courses in November and December 2010 where a total of 250 participants completed their 10-day session with us. As usual, it was an enjoyable & meaningful experience for US where we can see the smiling faces (albeit a bit darkened!) of children and the rather relieved faces of parents and guardians. We keep hearing the “normal” statement of “Never thought we can do it!”Great job, kids!
Overall, it was a good year and would like to thank everybody for supporting us and please carry on supporting us in the coming years.
Just to highlight that the first course is starting on 3rd January 2011 where executives from Frasers & Neave going for a Whaler session sailing/rowing to Pulau Sembilan, camping overnight and sail back to Pantai Shawal for another overnight camping…..very tough but quite sure they will have a great time!
Leptospirosis or Bakteria Kencing Tikus
Recently, we understand there was some uneasiness among parents and of course participants who have called up the School requesting explanation on the impact of the disease Leptospirosis, if any, on our activities in the outdoor.
Let us try to alleviate some of the worries, which are understandable, by giving the facts below.
Background – Leptospirosis or locally known as “bakteria kencing tikus” (bacteria in rat’s urine) is the hot topic nowadays since there have been ever increasing reports from 263 cases in 2004 to 1,418 cases in 2009.
Actually this disease was first identified in this country as early as 1925 and it mainly affected military personnel and farmers. It became newsworthy when in early July 2010, there was a case of six (6) deaths as a result of these people being exposed to this infectious disease during a search party of a drowning incident at Lubuk Yu recreational forest, near Maran in the state of Pahang. There were similar fatalities in Sarawak (two cases in July 2010) and one case in Kedah (after he was believed to have gone for a dip at Puncak Janing recreation area in Kuala Nerang).
Definition – Leptospirosis is caused by exposure to several types of Leptospiro bacteria, which can be found in fresh water that has been contaminated by animal urine, normally in warmer climate.
- A person can only be affected by direct exposure to the bacteria physically entering the bloodstream either through drinking or through broken skin such as lesion or through the eyes.
- It is NOT contagious that is, it will not be passed from human to human.
- It is transmitted by urine of an infected animal and is contagious as long as it is still moist. Although rats and mice are primary hosts (incidentally, they are also carrier of many other diseases), a wide range of other mammals including dogs, deer, rabbits, cows, sheep and certain marine mammals are able to carry and transmit the disease as secondary hosts.
- The risk is mainly in stagnant freshwater pools and soil contaminated by urine of the infected animals. Note that the risk in saltwater is virtually zero.
For more information, please refer to www.leptospirosis.org
How does this affect activities conducted at Outward Bound Malaysia in Lumut?
- Our water activity is ONLY sea-based (note that the bacteria cannot survive in seawater) such as kayaking, rafting and sailing on the Whaler. We do not carry out any activities in land-based pools/ponds,rivers or lakes.
- The participants and Instructors carry their own water supply to the camping sites involved in the expedition.
- We are very strict about personal hygiene procedures to be carried out by everybody when going camping.
- We have requested the Medical authorities to carry out water and soil tests of all of our camping sites and so far the results are negative. In addition, there is no official report of any cases of Leptospirosis in the Lumut and Manjung area.
Notwithstanding the above actions, we are reviewing some of the land activities to eliminate the risk of any exposure to this disease.
Rest assured that Outward Bound Malaysia always placed the safety of our participants and Instructors as the highest priority and we will take immediate action as and when necessary.
We are in the mood of being grateful especially during the month of Ramadan where there is a lot of time for soul searching or as a friend told me, it is actually caffeine deficiency!
Outward Bound Malaysia would not have been where we are now if not for the following:
Three “Mat Sallehs” – (Tan Sri Dato) Mubin Shepard (then British Adviser to Negri Sembilan), G.S. Walker (then District Officer of Lumut) and E.L. Marsh of Barlow & Co who did the initial survey looking for a “sea school” somewhere in Lumut in 1952.
Another “Mat Salleh” – (Tun Sir) General Gerald Templer (then the High Commisioner of Malaya) made it happened by “pushing” for Rm 250,000 to set up the first sea-school Outward Bound centre outside the United Kingdom. With that, the Outward Bound Trust of Malaya (at that time, now known as the Outward Bound Trust of Malaysia) was incorporated on 30th October 1954 as a company limited by guarantee.
Past Presidents – Mr R.B. Carey (1955-56), Sir Douglas Waring (1956-1957), Tun Hj Abdul Razak Hussein (1957-1975), Tun Hussein Onn (1975-1981), Tan Sri Tengku Razaliegh Hamzah (1981-1989), DYTM Raja Muda Perak Darul Ridzuan Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah ibni Sultan Azlan Muhibbudin (1989-2002), Dato Seri Ismail Shahuddin (2002 till now).
Past Wardens/ School Directors – Major (Rtd) G.W.Fuller (1955-1964), Mr. J.W.Tucker (1964-1971), Mr. K.L.Kuan (1971-1978), Captain (Rtd) Bakhtiar Haji Nawawi (1978-1980), Lt.Col. (Rtd) J.K.Cheng (1980-1987), Mr. V.A.Allan (1988-1994), Major (Rtd) Steven Pan (1995-1998), Mr. Ariffin Mohamed Yusof (2000-2000) and First Admiral (Rtd) Thirucandran (2001-2009).
Past members of the Council, and currently the serving members of the Council are Dato Seri Ismail Shahudin (President), Dato Ismail Hutson (Vice-President), Mr. James Bush, Dato Ham Ah Nee, Dato Mohd Ariff Shafie, Dato Seri Azlanii Talaat Husain, Mr.Azlan Shahrim, Dato Ng Tieh Chuan, Dato Dr. Mohd Hashim Ahmad Tajudin and Mr.Mohd Ross Mohd Din.
The Government of Malaysia (previously Malaya) – for granting us tax exemption status under the Sub-section 44 (6) Income Tax Act 1967 (previously effective 1st January 1954 under Section 33 (2) c of the Income Tax Ordinance 1947).
The Perak State Government – for giving us the original site at Teluk Muroh, which was taken over by the Royal Malaysian Navy in 1977, and compensated by giving another plot of land of almost 11 acres near Adam’s Bluff towards Teluk Batik where we are currently situated.
The Royal Malaysian Navy, in 2009, has given a motorized Whaler to the Perak State Government which is maintained by the Outward Bound Malaysia for training purposes.
Recently, we have been granted the use of the Forest Reserve next to the School and the whole area of 1,917.82 acres (76.13 hectares) has been classified for “tujuan hutan pelajaran kawasan Outward Bound Malaysia, Lumut” (jungle training ground for Outward Bound Malaysia, Lumut).
Sponsors – for contributing towards the cost of building of the facilities, equipment and sea-crafts amounting to more than Rm5,000,000.
Past Instructors – for being part of the “crew” in providing the services of instructing and facilitating the courses and most important ensuring the safety of our participants.
Clients – Thank you to more than 70,000 people for supporting us the last fifty-five (55) years.
Being a financially independent non-governmental body and also a non-profit organization, we can only offer our clients the opportunity to experience the “magic” of an Outward Bound course!
Currently, there is a need for a new Safety “mother” boat (estimated cost around Rm500,000) to replace the 14-year old “Putera Philip” (Prince Philip) and also a rather ambitious idea of applying for the Pulau Sembilan area (consisting of nine Islands, Pulau Agas, Pulau Payong, Pulau Nipis, Pulau Rumbia, Pulau Lalang, Pulau Saga, Pulau Buluh, Black Rock and White Rock), which historically being used by us as our sailing and kayaking area, to be classified as a Marine Training area for Outward Bound Malaysia.
It may be a dream to get the above two requests but earlier on those three “Mat Sallehs” also dreamt of setting up an Outward Bound School in this country more than 58 years ago and they make it happened……….so can we!
Challenge by Choice Vs Force into Challenge?
The practice of any Outward Bound course is always “challenge by choice” where the participant is allowed the right to decide whether he wants to continue or decides to take a break. It may appear to be too democratic but surprisingly from our experience of conducting more than 30,000 student days annually, not many actually refuse to do any activity.
Usually is the perceived fear of going out of the comfort zone that triggers the decision not to carry on but with gradual exposure, explanation and most important; patience, the participant will continue with the course!
We have two simple rules at Outward Bound Malaysia if anybody refuses to carry on with a course:
a) We will send the participant to the General Hospital for immediate check-up if there are complaints of any ailments from them, or sometimes when we suspect that he/she needs medical attention as observed by our Instructors.
b) The participant still have the choice “not to go for the challenge” even after clearance from the Medical doctor. Our only resort is to inform the sponsors and seek their advice.From experience, we know that it is rare but usually the person will regret his/her actions later in life.
A “force into Challenge” is more of a “boot camp” or a commando-training school where the objective is to submit the participants to rigorous humiliating physical activities in order to survive in a warfare environment. Notwithstanding the objective, this method is needed to expose the participants (usually armed forces personnel) to conditions which can be even worse in real-life situation.
“Fortunately” Outward Bound Malaysia only wants you to experience the “magic” of the Outward Bound spirit when you leave our ground!
What is the magic? For over 55 years, our students leave any course happy, exhilarated and self confident.
Come over and join us to experience that “magic”!