Today is the day. The last day of the forum and also the day of the election of the new YAMG. Everything important is here today. We started off the morning with the recommendation that was compiled by our hardworking steering committee, whom I have to acknowledge as they spent their time the night before doing it. Many did not realised but they did not go out for the Tokyo tour along with the rest. Kudos to you guys and gals!
After the recommendation came the important part of the forum. The 9 candidates were introduced once again and the voting procedures were explained. Then it was time for the first round of election whereby only the top three will get elected. The voting is a secret vote and was tallied by the Valeria from Macau and Kevin from French Polynesia, accompanied by Syd Castillo.
While the votes were being tallied, an award presentation was held. It was for Aru and me for completing the Scouts of the World Award. Australia was the first in APR to award it, and now followed by Singapore. Muhd went up to introduce SWA and what was done by the base in Singapore. Then it was time for the award ceremony. It was such an honour to have the award presented by Mari Nakano. Couldn't get better than this.
Soon after, the results came in and it was announced. First in was Nikketah McGrath from Australia, second was Manabu Hiratsuka from Japan and third was... Sarah Ho Wing Kei from Singapore!!! Hip hip hurray for Sarah!! She got in! But wait... for those in NRC, I guess you know what that means. Hehe... Then it was time for the second round. After knowing who got in, the delegates can now vote to balance committee, allowing both sub-regions and gender equality. Once again the votes were then to be tallied.
Another presentation was held again while waiting. This time is to a great guy I got to know through the discussion topic. It was Andrew Bartle from New Zealand. He was presented by Mari Nakano his Queen's Scout Award, the highest award in New Zealand. Congratulations Andy!! Soon after his presentation, the final list of the successful candidates were announced. Fourth in was Karma Coden from Bhutan, followed by Rio Ashadi from Indonesia and last but not the least, a young man – Muller Bato from Philippines. Congratulations to all!
It was a long morning! At last it was done with and lunch proceeded. After lunch, came the closing ceremony. After some closing speeches, all the participants were then presented with certificates for the forum. The delegates were then called upon to receive plaques from SAJ. Most countries also presented back to the host plaques and gifts as a token of appreciation. After the ceremony ended, more photos were being snapped as it was going to be the last chance for some of us... Damn it... why do I have to leave tomorrow...
As for our last dinner, it was also our cultural exchange night too. We all got dressed in our national wear and got together for a major celebration with performances put up by every country's participants. The food was definitely great and so were the performances! There was so much to talk about I just simply can't put everything here... Well, one thing for sure, the night was not over for Singapore as we went out for a long, long walk and had a small feast of our own. We only returned at 4.15am... which the story will continue after this entry...