‘Observe contributions, roles of senior citizens’
by Othman Ishak, email@example.com. Posted on June 24, 2012, Sunday
SIBU: The younger generations are strongly encouraged to observe closely the precious contributions and roles of senior citizen through inter-generational activities.
Minister of Welfare, Women and Family Development Datuk Fatimah Abdullah stressed that such activities would provide opportunities for senior citizens to voluntarily share their vast experiences and skills with various targetted groups in society.
She was speaking at the ‘Senior Citizen & People With Disabilities Day Celebration for Central Zone Level 2012’ held at RH Hotel, yesterday.
“Their experiences and skills once shared would benefit the targetted groups in one way or another,” she added.
Fatimah said the ‘Senior Citizen & People with Disabilities Day Celebration’ among others aimed to give respect and recognition to senior citizens for their precious contributions towards nation building.
“Besides that, it also aims to encourage the senior citizen to be more active and productive by participating in activities held locally or nationally.”
“The celebration also seeks to instill greater level of awareness among senior citizens on the need to practice a healthy lifestyle for good health,” she pointed out.
Fatimah added that for people with disabilities, the celebration aim to instill greater awareness that they were part of society.
“Thus, they have equal rights and roles and capabilities to contribute towards our nation’s development,” she explained.
Besides that, she said, the celebration also aimed to instill greater awareness among society of their responsibilities towards people with disabilities.
“With such awareness, it is hoped the community will improve the facilities and programmes tailored towards the needs of these people,” she added.
Fatimah said the celebration also seek to strengthen rapport and cooperation among government departments and agencies involved as well as the corporate sector, voluntary organisations and community in working
closely together under one roof to provide a better and more meaningful life for people with disabilities.
Meanwhile, four recipients received their ‘Senior Citizen Special Award.’
They are Sir Temenggung Adrian Ringgau (Sibu), Temenggung Junia Olia (Sarikei), Badi Nuawi (Kapit) and Wong Kie Ing (Kapit).
Another four recipients also received their ‘People with Disabilities Special Award’ are Douglas Nyambong Igon (excellent achievements in sports), Juliana Gumbang (excellent achievements in sports), Patrick Ling Haw Chuong (excellent leadership towards the People with Disabilities) and Tading Julai (excellent achievements in agricultural).