A touching tribute to mothers

Chong Eng (with purple face mask) and Chow (green shirt) posing with guests at the launch of the ‘Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives: Everyday Stories of Inspirational Women’ book.

THE present generation can learn a valuable lesson from the hardships faced by their mothers in bringing them up, said Penang social development committee chairman Chong Eng.

“It will be good if we can remind youths through this latest book entitled ‘Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives: Everyday Stories of Inspirational Women’, ” she said at the launch of the book at the Kwong Wah Yit Poh Hall in Presgrave Street, Penang.

“This book features the stories of 20 women from a village in Bera, Pahang.

“This is actually a sequel.

The first book in English was published in 2018 and the latest one is in Chinese.

“I am from that small village in the book called Kerayong New Village and I wrote about my mother in the first book.

“My story gives an insight into my character.

“I am a thrifty person and this is due to my mother as she had to make do with very little.

“My family rarely got to eat out as we were poor and whatever food was put on my plate, I would be sure to finish it.

“This is something I do to this day, ” said Chong Eng.

Also present at the book launch were Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, Fujian Association chairman Tan Sri Tan Khoon Hai, Kwong Wah Yit Poh editor-in-chief Lim Seong Eng and Penang Island City councillor Wong Yuee Harng. Chong Eng added that the idea for the two books came from her 70-year-old brother Chong Ah Kow, a retired lecturer.

For the first book, her brother approached 29 women for their stories which he then compiled.

“These books are not available in stores but the latest one can be obtained from my office (04-2614590) for RM30.

“I also plan to distribute these books to vernacular Chinese schools in Pahang and Penang, ” said Chong Eng.

Chow, in his opening speech, spoke about his mother’s reaction when he left Kuala Lumpur to come to Penang to study at Universiti Sains Malaysia with just two bags in his hands.

Tan said he contributed to the cost of printing the books which he felt would make youths appreciate their mothers and grandmothers even more.

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