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History of The Boys' Brigade in Malaysia

1st Penang Company 1946


The Boys' Brigade was founded in Glasgow, Scotland on 4 October 1883 by Sir William Alexander Smith. It became the oldest uniform youth organisation in the world. It spread rapidly to North America, Europe, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. However, the BB did not appear in the Asian scene until 1915 when the first Company was founded in the Chinese city of Swatow by the Rev Guthrie Gamble (the famous Swatow BB was to become a legend in later years in China) The BB came to South East Asia in 1930 with the founding of the 1st Singapore Company by Mr James Fraser.
The Boys' Brigade did not come to Malaya until the after the second World War. A British soldier by the name of Robert Davis (former Captain of 6th Birkenhead Company at the Tranmere Freehold Methodist Church and later Tranmere United Reformed Church) gave the idea of The Boys' Brigade to one of Penang's great educationist, the late Mr Geh Hun Kheng, who accepted the challenge becoming the first BB Captain in Malaya. Mr Geh realised that he had to do his "small share" to win the Boys over from the various subversive groups that were so rife after the Pacific War. The first meeting of 20 Boys was held in the Methodist Church in Madras Lane on a Sunday in September 1946. Penang thus became the springboard from which Companies were started first in Kuala Lumpur and then in other parts of the country. When Malaysia achieved independence on 31 August 1957, The Boys' Brigade was given the honour of being invited to take part in the Merdeka Parade (Independence Day Parade).

After Merdeka (Independence), The Boys' Brigade began to spread rapidly as a result of the formation of the Malayan Council of The Boys' Brigade under the initiative of Mr Khoo Oon Soo. More and more Companies were founded in every major town in Malaya. Even small rural towns began to have BB Companies functioning efficiently. By this time firm and friendly contact had been made with the BB in Singapore which helped in the supply and sale of equipment and with the founding of the first Company in Borneo in 1959, the 1st Kuching Company. In 1962, the BB in Malaya became a member of the Pacific Regional Fellowship (subsequently joined the East Asia Regional Fellowship when it was formed later) and the first Pacific camp was held with the co-operation of the Singapore Battalion in Port Dickson in December 1963.

On 5 December 1964, the former Federation of Malaya Council of The Boys' Brigade, the Singapore Battalion and the 1st Kuching Company merged into The Boys??Brigade in Malaysia. With the political separation of Singapore from Malaysia, The Boys' Brigade in Singapore ceased to be a component District of The Boys' Brigade in Malaysia as on 19 August 1965. With Malaysia a reality the National Council began to establish Companies in Sabah and Sarawak, maintaining friendly ties with the BB in Singapore.

The development of The Boys' Brigade in Malaysia took a revolutionary turn when it invited girls to be members. It was first introduced in 1989 and debated for a few years before experimental measures were approved in 1992. The move received favourable response and strong support from churches and individuals. Today, more than 20 companies in the BBM have girls on their membership roll, and many girls have been appointed NCOs, and they have proven to be capable in adapting well to the activities of the BB.

Since 1992, The Boys' Brigade in Malaysia has also begun to play significant role in the extension of BB work in the East Asia Regional Fellowship, including conducting training and support BB works in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.

Today, there are over 70 Companies spread throughout the length and breadth of Malaysia. Ever since the setting up of a BBHQ in 1989, a permanent building has been purchased, and currently staffed by a team of 5 able full-time personnel.

The Boys' Brigade in Malaysia has come a long way since 1946. Many things have since changed, many had come and gone with many new developments taken place. Throughout all these years, the BBM has been able to hold on to its object and continue in serving the youth of Malaysia. As the nation is fast moving towards greater heights in development, it is believed that the BB shall be called on to play an even greater role in the development and training of the Malaysian youths.

Who We Are

Who we are

The Advancement of Christ's Kingdom among members and the promotion of habits of Obedience, Reverence, Discipline, Self-Respect and all that tends towards a true Christian Character.

SURE & STEDFAST (taken from Hebrews 6:19). The original Old English (King James Version) spelling of "Stedfast" has been retained.

The emblem is original an anchor. Like the motto it stems from the verse "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure" (Hebrews 6:19)

The BB is recognised by the Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia (Ministry of Education) as a school's extra co-curricular activity. BB is also an affliated member of Majlis Belia Malaysia and Council of Churches of Malaysia.

Office Bearers

Brigade Executive Committee for 2017-2019

  Datuk Dr Ron Tan Kee Kwong
    Rev Chieng Yu Hoo
Brigade Chaplain

(Brigade Spiritual Board)


  Loh Pau Joo
Brigade President
(Pre-Junior and Junior Chairman)
Captain 16th Penang 

    Nicholas Yeap
Brigade Vice President
(Board of Headquarters Chairman)
Captain 12th Kuala Lumpur

      Wan Chang Da
Brigade Vice President

(Senior Section, Chairman)
Captain 1st Penang 

  Lo Hoi Fook
Brigade Vice President
(Primer & Officer Section Chairman)
Hon. Capt. 2nd Kuching

  Andy Tan
Brigade Treasurer
Captain 4th Kuala Lumpur

      Voon Zhen Yi
Brigade Secretary

Captain 3rd Kuala Lumpur

    Edwin Khoo
Brigade EXCO (Co-Opt)
(Senior Section)
Captain 1st Ipoh


Chiew Shi Hung
Brigade EXCO (Co-Opt)

(Drill, Uniform & Special Awards Section)

Captain 9th Kuching


Rebecca Choy
Brigade EXCO (Co-Opt)
(Pre- Junior and Junior Section)
Lieutenant 2nd Subang Jaya



Jason Chong
Brigade EXCO (Co-Opt)
(Senior Section)
Captain 1st Johor Bahru



    Sheah Lai Yee
Brigade EXCO (Co-Opt)
(Pre-Junior and Junior Section)
Hon. Capt. 1st Puchong


 Neil Mah
Brigade EXCO (Co-Opt)
(Primer & Officer Section)
Captain 11th Kota Kinabalu


David Wong
Brigade EXCO (Co-Opt)
(Primer & Officer Section)
Captain 8th Kuching




    Tan Giok Hui
Selangor State Commissioner
Captain 1st Petaling Jaya
      James Soo
Johor State Commissioner

Hon. Capt. 2nd Kluang

    Philip Tan
Melaka State Commissioner
Hon. Capt. 2nd Melaka

      Ho Hee Mang
Sabah State Commissioner

Hon. Capt. 2nd Kota Kinabalu

    Choo Heng Wai
Perak State Commissioner
Capt. 6th Ipoh

      Melvin Seah
Penang State Commissioner

Captain 21st Penang


Andy Tan
Kuala Lumpur State Commissioner 
Captain 4th Kuala Lumpur

       Hii King Ong
Sarawak State Commissioner 
Hon. Captain 7th Kuching

Headquarters Full Time Workers

    George Ong
National Executive Secretary

Tel : 603-77844262


Mike Chin
Operation Executive

Tel : 603-77844262


Training Executive

Tel : 603-77844262


Accounts & Administrative Officer
Warrant Officer

Tel : 603-77844262


Lim Nee Ying
BB Shop Officer
Warrant Officer

Tel : 603-77844262


State Full Time Workers

  Hu Wei Ung
Sarawak State Executive Secretary

Tel: 084-311760 (O) ,
084-311760/311312 (Fax)

BBM Headquarters

The Boys' Brigade in Malaysia's Headquarters was set up in 1989. The first full-time-worker employed was Mr Lawrence Tay.

Initially, the BBM Headquarters was just a small room in behind the Council of Churches (CCM) office in Jalan Universiti, Petaling Jaya (opposite University Hospital). After one year, the small room was just not enough to house the ever growing BB. Hence in 1990, BBM Headquarters moved to Wisma Methodist in Kuala Lumpur (in KL city centre near Pudu Raya). The office space was double the size compared to the first but soon that too could not cater to the needs as the BBM HQ employed their second full-time-worker, Mr SA Ravindren in 1991.

In 1992, the BBM HQ moved again, this time to Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields (now opposite KL Sentral), occupying the entire second floor of a 4 story building. By now, there were another additional part time staff, Mr Jonathan Soo handling the accounts.

The year 1994 saw a milestone in BBM History when BBM HQ finally has its own property and call it their home at 5 Jalan Anak Gasing (6/5), Petaling Jaya. This single story semi-detached property is situated in a quiet but accessible Petaling Jaya area.

Many have served as part or full-time staff since 1989.

Executive Secretary / Brigade Secretary
Mr Lawrence Tay (the first Executive Secretary 1989-1997)
Mr Francis Chiong (Sabah Field Officer Feb 1994-Oct 1997, Brigade Secretary Nov 1997-Oct 2006)
Mr Eric Tan (Brigade Secretary 2006- 2008)
Mr. Ng Yee Khai (Brigade Secretary)
Mr. George Ong (Executive Secretary 2014 - Present)

Full-time Staff
Mr SA Ravindren (BB Shop Assistant 1991-199x)
Mr Robert Kee (1997)
Mr Terence Tay (BB Shop Executive 1994-1996,Development Executive 2002-2007)
Miss Yoon Wai Ling (Penang Field Officer)
Mr Ling Yong Fei (Chinese Work)
Mr Alex Chai Chee Kien
Mr Jason Khoo Kar Teik
Mr Yap Heng Kai
Mr Raymond Chew (BB Shop Executive)
Mr Thong Kim Yun (BB Shop Assistant)
Mr Wong Kim Loong (BB Shop Assistant)
Mr Stuart Wong (Development Executive 2005- 2008)
Mr Mosses Devararaj (Accounts Executive)
Mr Ho Jason (BB Shop Marketing Executive 2006-2007)
Ms Phyllis Jong (as Accounts Executive)
Mr Sim Rick Kee (Development Executive 2009-2011)
Mr Samuel Ngu (Operation Executive 2012 - 2014)
Ms Lim Nee Ying (Administrative Officer 2011 - Present)
Mr Mike Chin (Operation Executive 2016 - Present)

Part-time Staff
Mr Jonathan Soo (1992)
Mr David Boey (now Rev) was assigned to BBM for his weekend internship student with STM
Mr Chow Kok Kee
Ms Chiam Suan Bee (part time staff doing Accounts)
Ms Ng Pey Hiong (Account & Administrative Officer 2010 - 2016)
Mr Byran Hah (Account Officer 2017 - Present)