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Kiwanis Malaysia District

The 48th District of Kiwanis International, Malaysia District is headed by a Governor and a Board of Trustees to support Kiwanis Clubs throughout the country.  There are five (5) Lieutenant Governors, each of whom takes charge of a division, and there are from 8 to 14 clubs in each division.

The first club in Malaysia was formed on 11 April 1976 through the pioneering initiative of the late Tan Sri Mohd Khir Johari, who was a Cabinet Minister at that time. Fondly known as “Bapa Kiwanis”, Tan Sri Khir Johari was the Charter President of the Kiwanis Club of Kuala Lumpur. Today there are 47 Kiwanis Clubs nationwide, with a membership of 1,200 Malaysians.

Kiwanis Malaysia achieved its District-in-Formation status in October, 2000 and subsequently was officially conferred District status in March, 2003.

Members of Kiwanis Clubs come from all walks of life, united in their regard of service to the community as one of their core values.  From homemakers to people in the corporate and public sectors, colleges and universities, Kiwanians consists of young individuals embarking on careers, successful executives, as well as active retirees.

Kiwanians are active volunteers committed to making a difference on issues affecting local communities as well as global issues with special emphasis on programmes for the well-being of children. Its most recent global initiative is Project ELIMINATE which raised $120 million to fund the immunization of women to protect them from Maternal Neonatal Tetanus, a deadly disease that affects thousands of women and babies each day.  This program was done n partnership with UNICEF.

In line with the motto of Kiwanis International: “Serving the Children of the World”, the Kiwanis movement in Malaysia has embarked on a bold strategy of catering to the educational and personal development needs of children and youth who are disadvantaged or face special challenges, through a combination of short-term and permanent, long-term service projects.


About Kiwanis International

Kiwanis International was founded in 1915 in Detroit, Michigan, and became an international organization with the creation of the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario, the following year. In 2015, Kiwanis celebrated its 100th anniversary.

In the early years, members focused on business networking but in 1919, the organization changed its focus to service. In the 1960s, worldwide expansion was approved and within the decade, Kiwanis International-Europe was formed, representing Kiwanians in 11 European nations. In 1987, women officially were allowed into the membership. 

Today, there are more than 8,500 Kiwanis clubs, located in 80 nations, with nearly 600,000 members globally, volunteering to help their communities in countless ways. Each year, Kiwanis members dedicate more than 18 million volunteer hours, organize about 150,000 service projects worldwide and invest more than US$100 million to help the communities and to serve the children.

We help to shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, mentor the disadvantaged and care for the sick. We develop youth as leaders, build playgrounds, raise fund for pediatric research and much more. We believe that helping a child helps the world.

Kiwanis is a global organization of member-volunteers who are dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.