The Boys’ Brigade was introduced to Malaya in 1946 by a British soldier, Mr Robert Davis. Together with Mr Geh Hun Kheng, an educationalist, they came together to establish the 1st Penang Company. The Company was sponsored by Madras Lane Methodist Church.
From Penang, The Boys’ Brigade began to spread to other parts of Malaya beginning from major cities and subsequently smaller towns in rural areas of Peninsular Malaya. The Federation of Malayan Council of The Boys’ Brigade was established in August 1957 when Malaya gained her independence. The Boys’ Brigade was honoured when it was invited to participate in the Independent Day Parade.
After 43 years of existence, the National office was set up in 1989 when the first full-time staff was employed to coordinate the ever increasing work of the Brigade in the country.
Today the National office has its own property near the capital city of Kuala Lumpur and staffed by four (4) full time paid personnel.
As of 2012, there are 108 Companies with a membership of 8,264 boys and girls. Every week there are 791 active adult volunteers serve as leaders and friends to the Boys and Girls. The membership is organised into four (4) age group sections namely the Pre Junior Section (6-8 years), the Junior Section (9-12 years), the Senior Section (12-19 years) and the Primer Section (16-21 years).
The Boys’ Brigade is also widely accepted by all Christian denominations ranging from the main line denominations such as the Methodist, Anglican, Lutheran, Baptist to the Pentecostal and the independent churches. The Boys’ Brigade has a strong presence in both the government and private schools.
The Boys’ Brigade Malaysia is planning to move its National Headquarters to a bigger premise within the next few years to accommodate more staff and equipment.
The Boys’ Brigade Malaysia is also hoping to run its own campsite for the benefit of its members and other youth or church groups.
Enhancing the The Boys’ Brigade’s image and recognition in the society by partnering with government agencies and NGOs (Non Governmental Organization) in community projects initiative.
Open up more The Boys’ Brigade Companies in schools and churches throughout the country.
The Boys’ Brigade in Malaysia is recognised by the various Malaysian government agencies like the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development. It is also a member of the National Malaysia Youth Council, an umbrella body that unites all the youth organisations in the country. The Boys’ Brigade in Malaysia is also a member of the National Council of Churches of Malaysia and the National Evangelical Christian Fellowship.
The major national program of The Boys’ Brigade in Malaysia is the 6-days National Camp or the “Pesta” (means Festival). The “Pesta” is held biennially and is a major event that every member would make an attempt to participate at least once in their life time. Among the showcase events are the National Brass Band Competition, National Foot-drill Competition and the National Group Singing Competition. To keep up with the interest of the youths today, the National Street / Hip Hop Dancing Competition was included at the recent “Pesta” in 2010. The popularity of the “Pesta” has also attracted many international participants over the years.
The Boys’ Brigade Malaysia also have a few years of meaningful and successful partnership with the Malaysia National Kidney Foundation and Malaysia Aids Council in promoting awareness among youths in The Boys’ Brigade and the public about kidney and HIV disease and prevention.