Johor Bahru Happy and Joyous Club
Johor Bahru, Johor
Arts & Culture

Kelab Sosial Riang Gembira Johor Bahru (Johor Bahru Happy and Joyous Club) is a registered non-governmental organization (NGO) with the Registrar of Society, Malaysia. The club’s main activities are Laughter Yoga, Drum Circle, Clowning, Art Therapy, Fun dancing, Singing and activities pertaining to happy joyous lifestyle.

Objectives and Purpose of our organization are: To carry out social and recreational activities that deliver more joy for the members and the community. To create public awareness on practices for a happy joyous lifestyle inclusive of good health and world peace. To organize health seminars based on positive values in achieving mental and physical harmony for members and community at large. To care for members’ general welfare. To work hand in hand with other registered organizations with similar objectives.

Johor Bahru Happy and Joyous Club distinctly started in August 2008 with the first Laughter Yoga activity in Johor Bahru. The Club’s activities expanded to include clowning, drum circle, dancing, singing, fun art and other activities related to the objectives of the Club.

41 Certified Laughter Yoga Leader programs were conducted since September 2008, resulting in more than 500 Certified Laughter Yoga Leaders, from various states of Malaysia including Johor, Malacca, Selangor, Wilayah (Kuala Lumpur), Pahang, Penang, Sarawak and Singapore. The members had shared laughter events with the Rotarians, Toastmasters, Lions, schools, hospitals, senior homes, city councils, governmental organizations and many more. They regularly participate in charity events organized by NGOs, hospitals and corporate companies’ CSR projects. In July 2016, the club organized the 1st Malaysian Laughter Yoga Conference (3 day event) in Johor Bahru with delegates from 13 countries.

Several Clown workshops for NGOs were conducted free of charge with the objective that individual NGO will be able to have their own in-house clowns whenever the need arises. The art of Clowning is fun and therapeutic too. Our joyous compassionate clowns are well sought after, bringing & sharing joy, happiness to various homes, hospitals, NGOs’ events and even governmental organizations. We have our very own signature joyous clown dancing group, the only one in Malaysia.

The Joyous Community Drum Circle, the first drum circle in Johor Bahru and Johor, was set up in 2016 with the objective of community bonding with the values of inclusion, co-operation and appreciation through music with the use of drums and percussion instrument. Regular drum circles were held at Cerebral Palsy Association centre, Hospital Permai, Wellness Centre, recreational parks and at shopping centres. Some members took up drum circle facilitation courses to help out in the Joyous Community Drum Circle. Funds and corporate involvement are welcome for the purchase of more drums and percussion instrument, enabling a more wholesome drum circle in Johor Bahru. Recycled materials are being used in this Drum Circle too.

The club received the Iskandar Social Heroes Award (IMSHA) under the Organization Category for Social Innovator in 2014. It had participated in the annual JB Arts Festival program for at least 8 years.

Several members had participated at the Macau Women’s Sports Festival, an invitation from the Macau National Sports Council and the Macau Women’s Association on an annual basis since year 2012 and had stopped since Covid era in 2020.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, most activities were carried online, mainly through Zoom and Facebook. Now the physical face to face activities are back to normal.

The Club’s vision is to ensure at least one person in every household to embrace and share joy, care and harmony through the elements of joy: laughing, singing, dancing and playing.

by malaysiakini

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