Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Sabah Museum showcasing ‘Peace Corps in Malaysia’ photograph collection

KOTA KINABALU: The State Museum is currently showcasing a photograph collection entitled “Peace Corps in Malaysia – 50 years of Enduring Bond, 1962-1963″.

The exhibition materials contributed by the US Embassy Kuala Lumpur was officially handed over to Sabah Museum in a ceremony officiated by Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun here yesterday.

US Ambassador to Malaysia, Paul W Jones, said the exhibition was part of the their programme held across Malaysia to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps in the country.

Jones said the showcasing of the collection was meant to celebrate the bond and friendship between US and the people of Malaysia that have been nurtured through the various activities organized by the Peace Corps since setting foot here in 1962.

He said thousands of Peace Corps volunteers have served in Malaysia where they helped improve the living quality of the local communities through sharing of their expertise in education, health and agriculture, among others.

“The Peace Corps have changed many, many lives and opened the window to the world. Undeniably they have created a lasting impact not just on the community wherever they served but they also created an enduring ties between our countries,” he said.

Jones noted more than 210,000 Americans have served in various countries under the Peace Corps to date, out of which more than 4,000 have been stationed in Malaysia. In the 90s, Malaysia was among the countries with the biggest number of Peace Corps volunteers, he added.