YB DATIN PADUKA CHEW MEI FUN
DEPUTY MINISTER FOR WOMEN, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
28TH MARCH 2010 (SUNDAY)
Ladies and gentlemen, A very good afternoon to all of you.
It gives me great pleasure to be here today for the Karnival Utamakan Keluarga or Family First Carnival. Today’s event is organized by Persatuan Kemajuan Wanita Selangor together with local community associations. Themed with “One Heart, One Spirit for the Family”, this event aims to increase awareness among the people to be more alert about family issues as families are important in achieving a healthy and quality life. This event is also in line with the efforts taken by the National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN) that promoting the concept of family first since year 2002.
We all know that family is the fundamental unit of the society and has essential role in the development of a nation. Family has always been the source of support and sense of security for the individual. When families break down and fail to provide support for their members, the effects will reverberate across society. In other words, the deterioration of the family institution will have negative implications on the development of the country and cause all kinds of social problems such as domestic violence, neglect, child abuse and abandonment. Statistic from Royal Police Malaysia showed that 407 cases of child abandonment had been reported from year 2005 to 2009. Meanwhile, statistics from the National Registration Department showed that 25,922 cases were reported in year 2008 if compared with 25,386 cases in year 2007.
As a result of modernization and urbanization of the population, families today are facing numerous challenges that have profound impacts on every member of the society. In this regard, an integrated approach is needed to empower and equip families with new knowledge and skills in the modern day. Nevertheless, it acquires commitment and support from all stakeholders to strengthen and enhance the family institution in the society.
Ladies and gentlemen,
This event is the first one-stop family carnival which aims to provide all kinds of services needed by the family. These services include cholesterol test, stress test, pap-smear test, cervical cancer vaccination, prostate screening, blood pressure test, financial counseling and debt management advice by Agensi Kaunseling dan Pengurusan Kredit as well as EPF nomination. All the services provided today are important to everyone of us here, for example, in Malaysia, about 4 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each day and the vaccination of cervical cancer will be able to protect women from this disease; for men, prostate cancer is the sixth most frequent form of cancer and makes up 5.6% of cancer cases in males. Apart from Selangor as first stop of this family carnival, Persatuan Kemajuan Wanita Selangor will also organize this event in 11 states starting April this year.
As such, I sincerely hope our participants today will utilize the services provided today and would enjoy this exciting and fun-filled carnival. Before I end, I would like to commend the committees for their enthusiasm and hard work in organizing this Family First Carnival. Also, I would like to thank the companies and organisations involved: Tropicana City Mall, GlaxoSmith Kline, Genzyme Malaysia Bhd., Focus Point, Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP), Agensi Kaunseling dan Pengurusan Kredit (AKPK), MSD, Obstertrical and Gynaecological Society of Malaysia, Yayasan CRSM, San Seng Lum Loving Charity, Hearing Partner, Persatuan Buddhist Cempaka, Dewan Perhimpunan Kuala Lumpur dan Selangor, Persatuan Pemilik dan Penduduk Kondominium Jasmine Towers dan Persatuan Penduduk Aman Suria on your contribution and support to make this event a success and meaningful to the participants.