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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Seize the opportunity to be part of a momentous time in history as Malaysia celebrates its 60th Merdeka and plays host to the 29th SEA Games and 9th ASEAN Para Games (Kuala Lumpur 2017). Get into the action and create your own legacy by becoming a VOLUNTEER for the Kuala Lumpur 2017. This is also a great avenue to meet new people, make new friends, network and share your passion for sports with fellow volunteers. Witness the tears and sweat of the athletes and more importantly, be part of the Bangkit Bersama spirit of Malaysians and the ASEAN Community as we celebrate great sportsmanship and friendship together!

The Kuala Lumpur 2017 Volunteer Programme is a platform for Malaysians to take part and contribute to the successful organisation of the SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games, the biennial multi-sport events involving participants from the current 11 countries of the Southeast Asia region. The programme is under the purview of the Malaysia Organising Committee (MASOC) which is chaired by the Minister of Youth and Sports - YB Brig. Gen. Khairy Jamaluddin.

Your contribution as a volunteer is crucial in ensuring the success of the Games. As a volunteer, you will be the backbone of the event. Thus, you are expected to carry out your duties and responsibilities with the highest dedication, discipline, integrity and sincerity. You are also MASOC's ambassadors, especially when engaging with other foreign participants, thus we expect you to be always courteous, helpful and represent the best that Malaysia has to offer to its guests.

Firstly, each volunteer will be assigned to one out of the 18 areas of responsibilities as shown below. Overall, MASOC expects to recruit about 20,000 on-field volunteers under this programme. Once assigned, the volunteers would be tasked with specific roles such as ticketing or crowd control. Details of the specific role will be communicated to the selected volunteers at a later stage of the programme.

    a) General Tasks
    b) Anti-doping
    c) ICT
    d) Safety
    e) Health
    f) Liaison Officer
    g) Media
    h) Opening/ Closing Ceremony
    i) Transportation
    j) Accommodation
    k) Prize Giving
    l) Medical
    m) Promotion/ Marketing
    n) Protocol
    o) Food
    p) Venue/ Facilities
    q) Translator
    r) Safety/ Traffic Control

It will depend on the responsibilities assigned to you but most likely, you will be stationed within the Klang Valley.

You may indicate your preferred venue and roles. However MASOC has the right to amend and exchange the roles and venues of the volunteers.

True to the spirit of volunteerism and that fact that the Kuala Lumpur 2017 is a non-profit sporting event organised to celebrate ASEAN and its people, there is no monetary rewards that will be offered for your services, only the opportunity to be part of this momentous occasion and history. However, we do provide basic necessities, such as below:-

    a) Daily food non-cash allocation
    b) Official volunteer t-shirt and trousers
    c) Certificate of participation

At the moment, MASOC would not be providing any accommodation or transportation for volunteers.

However, MASOC welcomes participation from relevant parties to provide the same. Unless and in the event that such partnership comes through, MASOC will be updating the selected volunteers of the new arrangement.

If you are a Malaysian above the age of 16, you may apply to be considered as a volunteer. Selection is based on the following criteria:-

    a) Relevant experience
    b) Academic/work background and fields of expertise
    c) Other factors such as communication skills, ability to speak in other languages etc.

It is easy to be a volunteer. You just need to follow the steps below:

    a) Go to www.kualalumpur2017.com.my
    b) Fill-up the registration form
    c) A confirmation email will be sent once the form is submitted.

MASOC will be short-listing the candidates based on the forms, and successful applicants will be notified by email for training.

Notification will be done in batches, with the first batch of volunteers to be notified earliest by July 2016.

Registration will only be closed when the Games start in August 2017.

MASOC would like to encourage participation from as many Malaysians as possible. Even if MASOC has reached the recruitment target of 20,000 for on-field volunteers, there will still be numerous opportunities off-site, digital and social media to contribute to the success of the Kuala Lumpur 2017. Every single Malaysian plays a role in making this Kuala Lumpur 2017 a success.

a. Yes. We welcome nationalities from ASEAN and Timor-Leste to register as a volunteer. However, they must be residing in Malaysia. Below is the list of participating ASEAN and Timor-Leste countries.


  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Philippines
  • Myanmar
  • Thailand
  • Laos
  • Vietnam
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Timor - Leste

b. Must be 18 years old and above

c. Able to communicate in English or Bahasa Malaysia, besides their native language.

d. Hold a valid passport AND work or student visa.

e. Must attend two compulsory training sessions:
  • General Module and Specific Module

Yes. MASOC will be organising a maximum of two training sessions for each volunteer and it is compulsory to attend both sessions.

Details on the Volunteer Programme will be given in due course.

As this is a big sporting event, volunteers would be required to dedicate at least eight hours a day. The actual duration will be determined at a later stage depending on your areas of responsibilities. Some volunteers will be expected to work during night time.

You can indicate your preference.

Though you may indicate the dates to volunteer, you may not choose to be in the same programme as the people you know due to the different roles and areas of responsibilities that may be assigned to you.

Yes. MASOC will issue the relevant letters as appropriate once selection is made.

If you still have any further queries, please drop us an email at contactus@kualalumpur2017.com.my

a) We will only accept volunteer who are 16 years of age and above as at 1 January 2016, a volunteer who is under the age of 18 years as at 1 January 2016, shall seek parent/guardian consent as provided here;

b) For those who are under age, you are required to fill up the consent form accompanied by a properly signed from parents and/or legal guardians.

c) The consent form will be available here soon.