IN a move to encourage Penangites to bond with their loved ones, the Penang government held its first state-level Family Day at Universiti Sains Malaysia.
Penang women, family, gender and non-Islamic religion committee chairman Chong Eng said that for the first time, the state was officially celebrating Family Day.
“This serves as a reminder for parents to make time for their children who need them the most,” she said in her speech at the ceremony which was launched by Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.
Chong said it was the parents’ responsibility to empower their children and make them confident to live their dreams.
“Start with gender inclusiveness at home.
“Ensure every family decision, big or small, takes into account the needs of every family member, not just the head of the family.
“For example, allow girls to dream of becoming pilots and allow boys to dream about being nurses,” she said.
Meanwhile, Chong said that to help the state realise its Penang 2030 vision of becoming a family-focused green and smart state, Penang Women’s
Development Corporation (PWDC) had recently held a strategic planning meeting to meet the already set targets as well as setting new ones.
“The four areas of focus identified are Leadership, Economy, Policy and Family,” she said.
“The reason PWDC has included ‘Family’ as an area of focus is the strong belief that women are the backbone of the family and the bedrock of a nation.
“Thus, women, together with men, are instrumental in the development of this country,” she added.
At the family day event, many programmes were conducted including two sessions of interactive activities, two sessions of forums for two generations and two sessions of storytelling in four languages. — Bernama