Programs & Events
Ambassador Jones and Malaysian VIPs Open Special Peace Corps Exhibit, “An Enduring Bond: Commemorating 50 Years of Friendship”
On April 12, Ambassador Paul W Jones, Minister for Federal Territories and Well-being Dato’ Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin, and Chairman of the Kuala Lumpur Library Board Dato’ Seri Matshah Sapuan, opened a special exhibition showcasing Peace Corps Malaysia’s 50th anniversary photo exhibition held at the Kuala Lumpur Library’s Gallery in the vicinity of Malaysia’s historic Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square). It marked the beginning of a year-long celebration of the U.S. Peace Corps’ 50th Anniversary in Malaysia. The Exhibition will circulate throughout peninsular and East Malaysia in 2012.
About 150 Malaysians and Americans comprising Government officials, including from City Hall and the Ministry of Federal Territories and Well-being, former American Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs), school teachers, senior Malaysian citizens who had worked with or hosted PCVs in Malaysia’s formative years, and more than 20 representatives from both print and broadcast media, gathered at the Kuala Lumpur Library’s Gallery to join the festivities lined up that afternoon.
Following inspiring speeches by the Ambassador and the Minister about the enduring bond of U.S.-Malaysia friendships, PCVs and Malaysians connected to PCVs pinned up photos from the Peace Corps days in Malaysia. Former PCV and current Embassy staff Brian Tyers and Counselor for Public Affairs Scott Rauland sang “Country Roads” by John Denver for the audience, in a vibrant effort to capture the Peace Corps days of the 60s and the 70s.
The Kuala Lumpur Library houses a Lincoln Corner and hosts many joint programs with the U.S. Embassy. The Peace Corps Exhibit from April 12 - April 26 will be a significant highlight for Kuala Lumpur citizens to recount the deep and lasting relationships the thousands of American Peace Corps Volunteers have sewn from 1962-1983, into Malaysian society.
Visit our virtual Peace Corps Photo Gallery for a preview of the exhibit!