Tuesday, July 28, 2009

MOU Signing & Launching of “IMPACT PROGRAMME” of WEDC & COWAY


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OPENING REMARKS BY Y.B. DATIN PADUKA CHEW MEI FUN
National Chairman of Wanita MCA

On behalf of WEDC, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Woongjin Coway for working with us to offer job opportunities to women through the implementation of this “Impact Programme”.

I am indeed very happy that such a large and reputable corporation like Woongjin Coway has chosen to fulfil its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) with a programme targeted specially for women.

Today Women Entrepreneur Development Centre (WEDC), an initiative of Wanita MCA and Woongjin Coway (M) Sdn Bhd (Coway) has come together today in partnership to recruit more Malaysian Women into the service support industry under the Coway CODY Recruitment Project. The CODY Recruitment Program will be part of WEDC’s “Impact Programme”, a programme that acts as a bridge to encourage women into entrepreneurship programmes in particular amongst those who have less access to existing social nets including single mothers.
Under the stewardship of WEDC ‘Impact Programme’ - the Coway’s CODY Recruitment Project provides a platform to enhance Malaysian women’s professional development. WEDC serves as the channel for Malaysian women to apply as a CODY (Coway Lady), at the same time enabling Coway to concentrate on the training program and cultivation for Malaysian women to be a professional CODY. As such, this collective effort between Coway and WEDC can in effect contribute to the development of Malaysian women in the economy.

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Ladies and gentlemen, This “Impact Programme” aims to encourage women into entrepreneurship programmes and introduce an alternative or additional household income solution with flexible working hours. This initiative could not be introduced in a better time. During this time of economic downturn, women face greater challenge to survive economically and to sustain their family financially. It is of utmost importance that every woman regardless of their education level, economic status and location amongst others to be financially savvy.
This is in line with the endeavour of The Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development which focuses on the three main areas namely
i. Economic empowerment activities as first and foremost;
ii. Followed by Capacity building programmes; and
iii. finally Enhancing the quality of life.In addition, the Ministry has conducted over 200 training programmes to educate women on financial management and to encourage women to practise good financial management both for their personal and of their families.
Ladies and gentlemen, In today’s fast-paced world, it can be clearly seen that women have progressed, made inroads and earned recognition in many fields. Women of today are holding senior positions; they are owner of companies and professionals even in the fields that were previously dominated by men.
With the rapid urbanisation that the country is undergoing, women who make up almost half of the total population of Malaysia at 49.1% are not only playing a major role at home, but also contributing their skills and knowledge at the workplace and in the country to sustain the nation’s economy growth. This is especially so when women’s education level is on the rise with 61.7 percent of the enrolment to Higher Learning Institutions is female students.
Participation of women in the nation’s economic activities is no longer an option, but a prerequisite to boost Malaysia’s competitiveness. There are 45.7 percent women in the labour force in 2008; however a drop compared to 47.3 percent in year 2004. The Ministry is currently addressing the declining proportion of women in labour workforce and strategising to increase the participation rate of women in labour force particularly in income generating activities.
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Ladies and gentlemen, These programmes are being carried out with the aim to equip women with the knowledge and skills that can be utilized for them to start their own income generating activities.
Eliminating gender disparity is one of the key visions of my Ministry in promoting equal opportunities for both women and men at work. Hence, Woongjin Coway’s efforts assisting women in Malaysia particularly through this programme is highly commendable and should serve as a benchmark and role model to other private sector corporations. Thus, we would like to invite Coway to be part of the Jalinan Niaga which stands for Business Matching, an integral part of the Jalinan Rakyat from BN Wanita.
Ladies and gentlemen, As such, I hope that this “Impact Programme” will achieve its objectives and once again I would like to thank Woongjin Coway for providing this great opportunity to women from all over Malaysia. I hope Malaysian women would not miss this great opportunity to improve their financial status especially without having to interrupt their daily routine with flexi-work arrangements in addition to attractive remuneration packages.
Last but not least, I wish Woongjin Coway all the best in your future endeavours and with that, I launch the “Impact Programme”. Thank you.

星洲互動‧2009.07.28
周美芬:單身應做好晚年規劃

(吉隆坡)婦女、家庭及社會發展部副部長拿汀巴杜卡周美芬提醒任何欲選擇單身的人士,做好老年的生活規劃,以免晚年生活受到影響。

她說,如果政府或私人領域等方面認為目前的情況不理想,就有必要想方設法,協助人民度過幸福的晚年。

“入住社會福利局老人院的老人,有相當部份是單身,任何人選擇單身,都應該做好老年規劃,以免晚年生活受到影響。”

也是馬華婦女組主席的周美芬今日(週二,7月28日)見證大馬Woongjin Coway私人有限公司與馬華婦女組婦女企業發展中心簽署推出CODY徵員計劃的諒解備忘錄後說,老人遭遺棄的課題,當然不僅是只有貧窮的一群遺棄自己的父母,一些不孝的子女,也是會這麼做,但婦女部目前還未討論到立法懲罰遺棄父母的子女。

她指出,如果立法懲罰,就等於承認大馬人不孝,而孝順父母理應發自內心。

她說,無論本身的財務狀況如何,為人子女的,都不應該遺棄自己的父母,在這方面,部門已做好準備協助貧窮的子女奉養父母。

她指出,生活在貧窮線下的老人若符合資格,每月可獲300令吉的福利金,至於家中有殘疾、不能自理的親屬,且收入在3000令吉以下,也能申請每月300令吉的福利金。


光华日报:二零零九年七月二十八日 下午五时十五分
周美芬:立法惩罚遗弃父母者 等于承认大马人不孝

(吉隆坡28日讯)妇女、家庭及社会发展部副部长拿汀巴杜卡周美芬指出,立法惩罚遗弃父母者,等于承认大马人民不孝。

她说,该部将召开内部策划会议,讨论如何协助贫穷人士改善财务状况,减低遗弃父母的社会问题。

周美芬也是马华妇女组主席。她今日见证马华妇女企业发展中心与WoongJin Coway签署CODY谅解备忘录后,受媒体询问时这么说。

报章早前报导,去年有539名老人被遗弃在各政府医院。
她举例,马华曾大力推动阅读《弟子规》运动,灌输人民孝道精神,这种发自内心的孝心,远比立法惩罚不孝子有效。

她认为,为人子女不应遗弃父母,因为下一代会有样学样,遗弃父母者日后也将落得相同下场。

另外,她说,政府为残疾人士及生活在贫穷线下乐龄人士,提供每月300令吉的福利金。

“只要家庭收入低于3000令吉,便可向福利局提出申请。”

尽管如此,她鼓励单身者做好晚年规划。

基于不少乐龄人士是单身,因此,她建议政府与私人界合作,让这些单身的乐龄人士能受到援助,安享晚年。

1 comment:

jerrie said...

政策将能平衡各族人口比例!

旅游部长黄燕燕说,大马华人比例越来越低,20年后可能只剩15%,华裔女性要涉足各领域,确保国家繁荣发展,我不是很了解的华裔人口下降和女性要涉足各领域有什么关系?!难道国家繁荣发展华裔人口就会上升吗?!不是因为华人女性迟婚不婚和少生育所造成的吗?她说1957年独立时期华裔人口比例维持在51%,今年降至21%,未来20年可能只剩15%,我想知道的是燕燕姐你能预测未来华裔人口问题,有何补救方法吗?
为何要不少数族群下降,各族人口比例日益差距带着理所当然的态度去接受?!难道不了解各族比例平衡能用外劳,移民政策和外国人居留证等改善吗?难道华基政党从来没有在内阁讨论和有意愿的维持各族最基本的比例?邻国前总理就说过他们各族比例在100年后还是会维持一样的,少数族群马来族和印族还是会维持在独立时一样14%和8%,而中国少数族群非但没有减少还在增长中,就是因为我们的华裔领袖把华裔比例下降当成自然而然的接受,必然的态度导致移民和外劳政策严重的倒向一方!奉劝华裔领袖别自我矮化,有意愿的维持各族人口比例是最基本人权!也希望华裔妇女领袖多参与国家干训局课程,人口老化微型华小,很多新村居民移民老化以致变成空城是严重冲击华社万变不离其中的根源。
鼓励华裔女性终身学习,只怕终身停留学习,却不懂的“做人”而导致华裔人口继续下降!