Chew (third from left) and Ng (second from right) at the launching of the Family and Community Empowerment programme in Raub.
RAUB: Several problems affecting married couple in Pahang have been identified in a study focusing on family development, says Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun.
The Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister said the data was obtained from the fifth Malaysia Population and Family Research.
Among the problems affecting married women were children education expenses (41.6%), family expenses (34.4%) and disciplinary problems affecting youths, aged between 13 and 24 (25.7%).
The three main problems affecting married men were raising of children (39.8%), family expenses (36.9%) and teenagers’ disciplinary issues (19.3%).
“As a follow up to these findings, a research on family happiness index was conducted in Kampung Sempalit for about three weeks.
“The researchers interviewed 390 villagers based on eight selected areas,” she said in her speech during the launching of the phase two Family and Community Empowerment (FACE) programme in Kampung Sempalit here.
Also present were National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN) director-general Datuk Dr Siti Norlasiah Ismail, Pahang LPPKN acting director Siti Asmad Zakarni, Raub public complaints committee head Ng Leap Pong and Kampung Sempalit new village chief Chan Siew Pin.
Chew said based on the research, it was found that family ties and bonding in Kampung Sempalit were very strong.
“So I hope this special kinship can serve as an example and spread throughout other villages.
“We must take good care of our family and community. This is our responsibility,” she said.
Chew said if one was to love and cherish their family members, other aspects such as health, security and happiness would come into place accordingly.
She added that it was the Government’s aim to ensure the family institution remains a top priority, productive and in a state of wellbeing as outlined under the 11th Malaysia Plan.
On FACE, Chew said Kampung Sempalit was one of the villages in Pahang selected for the programme.
Among others, the programme will adopt comprehensive approaches including identifying the needs of the locals and the level of family happiness, conducting proper planning and implementing intervention activities.
“All quarters such as village security and development committees, Rukun Tetangga, resident associations, NGOs and state agencies will be roped in to act as family champion to carry out community-based activities collectively.
“After one year, we will carry out another research to find out the latest development,” she said.
Chew also lauded the efforts of Pahang LPPKN, villagers and students from UiTM Raub for conducting gotong-royong activities to clean up the homes of several elderly and sick villagers, as well as the surroundings of SJK (C) Kampung Sempalit here.