Off to a start: Chew putting up a giant purple ribbon to mark the opening of the Wanita MCA Para-Counsellors Training Course in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. With her are Wanita MCA National Women and Children’s Aid Bureau chief Chew Lee Giok (centre) and Life Line Association volunteer group leader Leow Han Ping (right).
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KUALA LUMPUR: Wanita MCA has started training its members to be para-counsellors in an effort to reach out to women in the rural areas who are not getting access to counsellors because of the language barrier.
“The Government does provide counselling services, but there are many women in the rural areas who are not fluent in Bahasa Malaysia.
“And communication is very important in counselling, or it will not be effective,” Wanita MCA chief Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun told reporters after launching the Wanita MCA Para-Counsellors Training Course themed You Share, We Care here yesterday.
More than 130 women will undergo four sessions of training this year so that they will have the knowledge on how to counsel other women on various issues ranging from emotional to financial cases.
Chew said that a women and children’s aid bureau would be set up in every state.
“If they cannot handle serious cases but know who to refer their clients to, that is good enough,” she said.
She also said that while there were many women groups that also provided counselling, they were mostly based in the city.