The Mousedeer-Group took a lead role in children’s rights last Sunday, 4 March at Karisma NGO. Program Karisma NGO was a gathering of Malaysian NGO’s organised by the Ministry of Women, Family and Community development.
Everyone was “up and at ‘em” as early as 6 in the morning. Esther, Ru Bee, Qarlene and Tim boarded a big school bus at KL Sentral with Nitia and Shalu. The bus departed KL Sentral at about 8am heading for Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil.
When the group arrived, Stadium Putra was buzzing with activity. There were stalls selling food and drinks for grumbling tummies and Harimau Malaysia t-shirts for football enthusiast. After some minor hurdles, our Mousedeer members registered, grabbed their goodie bags and headed for the arena.
There was excitement in the air as the children made their way to seats that were reserved for those given the opportunity to address the Prime Minister. ‘Hasrat NGO’ is what it said on the chairs they rested on.
After 10 minutes they were joined by 2 more Mousedeer Group members, latest additions at that. Isaac and KC completed the team.
Dato’ Sharizat , the Minister of Women, Family and Community of Development did a walk about around the arena. She finally made her way to where our team was and our brave little warrior, Ru Bee pinned a Mousedeer Group badge on Dato’ Sharizat’s scarf!
After three performances from 3 different artistes, the arrival of Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak was announced. The PM’s arrival was a cue to the Mousedeer group that their time in the spotlight was near.
After a welcome speech from Dato’ Sharizat the Mousedeer representatives took their spots. An announcement was made and the children made their way to the stage.
At the right moment Esther stepped to the mic and Isaac rolled out our vertical banner. Esther said:
We are the Mousedeer-Group. We should like our opinions to count in major decisions that concern us, children. We want to practice our rights with the Ministry to make choices that shape our futures. Do not disregard us because of our age.
This was naturally followed by cheers of support from fellow team members.
To end the entire event, Mousedeer Group was once again called on to stage for a photo shoot with the PM. The group was ecstatic when the PM held on to our vertical banner for the shoot.