Seniors connect at festive high-tea

Khalid (second from left) presenting ‘ang pow’ to senior citizens while Maniam (left) looks on.

CHUA Mong Hong dashed around the hall as she went about ensuring all attendees at a Chinese New Year event had a sticker to identify themselves and seats at the dining tables.

The 67-year-old was part of the organising committee of the celebration organised by the Central Welfare Council of Malaysia’s Federal Territories branch (Majlis Pusat Kebajikan SeMalaysia, Cawangan Wilayah Persekutuan or MPKSM-WP).

“I’ve been a regular at MPKSM-WP’s centre for over 20 years. I take part in the wai tang kung exercise and help clean the grounds,” said Chua.

“I like coming here because I get to make friends. My husband is also a regular; we take part in activities together and separately.”

She added that MPKSM-WP’s annual Chinese New Year do was something all members look forward to as it offered them an opportunity to bond and have fun while enjoying good food.

Some 250 senior citizens of different races enjoyed the festive high-tea as well as entertainment in the form of a lion dance and cultural performances.

Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad, who was guest of honour at the event, said it was also held to mark Federal Territory (FT) Day 2019.

He later presented ang pow to guests.

“This event is in line with FT’s vision of ‘Wilayah Peduli, Harapan Dipenuhi’ to create a community that is inclusive and cares for each other,” said

Khalid, adding that they hope to have more facilities at the MPKSM-WP premises in Cheras Baru.

“This is a centre where senior citizens can come during the day to socialise and take part in various activities.

“Their well-being is overseen by trained personnel at the centre.

“We want senior citizens to be active and enjoy their twilight years.”

Khaled cited Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who turns 94 this year, as someone seniors could emulate.

In her speech, MPKSM president Datuk Mastikah Junaidah Husin said: “MPKSM-WP premises in Cheras Baru is the only centre in Kuala Lumpur.

“MPKSM also has centres in 11 other states and close to 80 districts throughout peninsular Malaysia.”

MPKSM-WP chairman Maniam Muthu said the centre takes care of the comfort and needs of some 350 senior citizens of different races and religions.

“Together with the Cheras Baru Senior Citizens Activity Centre (Pusat Aktiviti Warga Emas Cheras Baru or Pawe Cheras Baru), which MPKSM-WP

administers, we offer activities such as medical check-ups, physiotherapy, gardening,

recreation and exercise, counseling as well as handicraft sessions,” he said.

Maniam added that MPKSM-WP is run by volunteers and welcomes sponsors for selected programmes.

“They can sponsor short trips for our senior citizens,” he said, adding that they had previously organised trips to Penang and Melaka.

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