Ministry to hold community-centric open day in Kuching

KUCHING: The public can learn about the services provided by the Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Ministry at its open day next month.

Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said an exhibition by the ministry and its strategic partners would be the main component of the event, which will be held at the Kuching Waterfront on Feb 3 and 4.

“This is the first time we are holding an open day, so we’re excited about it.

“Our objective is to promote the role and services of the ministry to the public.

“We also want to strengthen ties with our strategic partners and share the latest information on social, welfare and community wellbeing issues with the public,” she said after chairing a meeting on the event at her office yesterday.

Fatimah said the strategic partners participating in the exhibition included the police, Fire and Rescue Department, National Registration Department, National Anti-Drug Agency and non-governmental organisations (NGO) such as Sarawak Women for Women Society, Women of Change and Sarawak Single Mothers Association.

The Health Department will provide health screenings and mental health tests while Resident and District Offices will display information on the procedures for adoption and customary marriage.

In addition, there will be booths for the Welfare Department’s micro-entrepreneurs to sell cooked and dry food.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is expected to open the event on Feb 3.

According to Fatimah, Petronas is expected to hand over its corporate social responsibility grant of RM2mil to the state at the opening ceremony.

“The grant is meant for the wellbeing of the community and will be given to 224 recipients, mainly NGOs,” she said.

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