Bidor Youth Conference
Malaysia | 9-11 August 2013
The youth conference in Bidor, Malaysia, opened with a rousing song that was specially composed for the occasion. The song, entitled “Bangkit lah Belia”, Bahasa Malaysia for “Arise, O Youths”, called on young people to arise and scale the heights of service to their communities, in particular by empowering those younger than themselves to contribute to the transformation of society. Many of the 400 youth present had travelled for hours to get to the conference site, on foot, in trucks, and by bus, including some from the mountaintop villages in the nearby Titiwangsa Mountains.
Since there was no adequate venue available for the expected number of participants in the rural setting of Bidor, organizers took the initiative to build, from the ground up, structures for conference sessions and lodging.This was only possible, of course, with the wholehearted support and sacrificial efforts of many of the residents of the Bidor area, in particular those of the Kampung Chang village where the conference was hosted. Children, parents, and grandparents all collaborated weeks in advance—by clearing the land, transporting materials, raising the structures, and feeding volunteers—to create befitting spaces to host such a special gathering.
Bidor, Malaysia Youth Conference - Bahá'í World News Service