CHINESE values do not belong to the Chinese people alone, as they are universal values, said Chinese People’s Federation For World Peace Malaysia (CPFWPM) president Ng Shu Lin.
“We want to invite the public to participate in promoting Chinese culture and values, drawing upon values like filial piety and family harmony to contribute towards world peace.
“Our traditional values are very relevant in addressing current social issues of family breakdown and moral degradation in our society.
“Through efforts of CPFWPM and like-minded people, I believe that we can restore authentic family values and realise a peaceful society,” he said during the recent inauguration ceremony of CPFWPM at Jen Hotel, Penang.
The CPFWPM was inaugurated as a model institution to exert wisdom and virtue of teachings from the Chinese culture to acquire individual perfection and family integrity as well as a successful career.
Ng said they aimed to promote filial piety culture, absolute family values and good governance whilst uniting the wisdom and strength of Chinese people around the world.
“We aim to achieve ultimate justice, well-being of mankind and the ideal of one global family.
“I hope that through community-based activities focused on family ethics and morality we can instill integrity and strengthen national unity.
“We also welcome all peace-builders from diverse sectors to join us and work hand-in-hand to achieve a unified world of lasting peace and true happiness,” he added.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who launched the event, said the ceremony was timely as Malaysia has always been known as a peace-loving country.
“I am inspired by the focus on advocating Chinese traditional virtues, like upholding family values and filial piety just like the English saying, ‘charity begins at home’, echoing similar notions of Western perspectives.
“Hence, without a doubt, creating world peace starts within the family, and this is aligned with our Penang 2030 vision in building a family-focused, green and smart state that inspires the nation.
“The world today is, unfortunately, still not at peace and as such, the promotion of peace and even more so of its maintenance remain the common task and a challenging mission facing mankind.
“To sustain peace, we must build it every day, in every society, with every woman and man by working together towards a better common future where everyone has a stake in, and also truly believes in,” he said during his opening speech.
Following the inauguration ceremony, CPFWPM also donated RM3,000 each to SJK (T) Permatang Tinggi and SJK (T) Subramaniya Barathee in support of the schools’ education fund.
The ceremony was attended by delegates from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea and the United States.
Also present during the event were state women, family development and gender inclusiveness committee chairman Chong Eng and state youth and sports committee chairman Soon Lip Chee.