By Hai Rozzaman Jalal
Nor Hazrin Namam (left) handing out a registration form for Skuad Muda 1JPJ.
Muar RTD female staff with womenfolks of Kg Parit Kassan preparing the meals in Kembara Insaniah 2014 at Kampung Parit Kassan near Bukit Gambir. Pix by Hai Rozzaman Jalal
Participants of Kembara Insaniah 2014 getting together to clean out the sorroundings of Kampung Parit Kassan.
APART from enforcing laws to ensure peace and safety on the roads, the Road Transport Department (RTD) is also reaching out to the community.
The department is doing this by organising numerous programmes to improve ties with the public.
Thus, its Muar branch's Dakwah Bureau had recently organised Kembara Insaniah 2014, a programme in collaboration with the Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) at Parit Kassan near Bukit Gambir here.
The programme was declared open by Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Hamim Samuri at the Masjid Jamek Parit Kassan.
RTD Muar branch chief Azmil Zainal Adnan said the expedition was aimed at reaching out to the villagers, namely, the youth at mosques and surau.
Azmil said the event was a joint effort with the Parit Kassan Umno youth wing, with the full support of Umno Ledang branch.
"This is the second time the Dakwah Bureau has organised such an expedition. Last year, we conducted outreach programmes at the Madrasah At-Tarbiah Tahfiz Sungai Pulai in Seri Menanti, Muar.
"This year, we chose to have it at Kampung Parit Kassan to foster the camaraderie between the department's personnel and the villagers.
"Activities like this can enhance the spirit of cooperation in a community and forge close ties between the department and the local folk."
Azmil said some 200 people attended the programme, which include senior RTD Muar officers, members of the Muar Bikers and Umno Ledang Youth Wing.
There was also a gotong-royong programme to clean-up the mosques, and participants recited prayers at the Bukit Kundur Muslim cemetery there.
The womenfolk also joined the Muar RTD officers to prepare bubur lambuk.
Hamim, who is also the Ledang MP, encouraged the youth to foster a spirit of cooperation while working in a group.
He said the spirit of helping one another is a practice of the Muslim community that should be maintained to create unity.
"One needs to be nurtured at a young age and such activities will ensure that. The villagers still uphold the long-standing tradition of mutual respect as they will attend weddings, funerals and other gatherings," Hamim said.
Kampung Parit Kassan village chief Hamzah Mohd Basar thanked RTD Muar for including the village as one of its stopovers .
Umno Youth Parit Kassan branch chief Nor Hazrin Namam, said the programme has proven to be effective as many youth had attended the event.
Nor Hazrin also urged the youth to register as a squad member for the 1JPJ Young Malaysians programme.
"By joining the programme, the youth can assist RTD to improve road safety measures," Nor Hazrin said.
SOURCE: NST STREETS JOHOR, JULY 14, 2014