AROUND 200 men and women danced at the Penang Goes Orange campaign to make their point that the state is against violence against women, especially at home.
The participants cheered and jived with plenty of energy to the music during the fitness dance programme at Padang Taman Kejiranan Macallum in George Town.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow was among them on Saturday morning, also donning the signature bright orange T-shirt of the campaign.
In his speech, Chow said Penang was the first and only state in Malaysia that had been organising such campaigns to raise awareness against domestic violence and to promote gender equality since 2014.
“We hope that through the campaign, we can raise awareness among the people and make Penang a safe and blissful state.
“Domestic violence is not just a family issue but a general health issue that will bring negative effects to the community.
“Themed ‘Safe Family: Connect, Commit, Collective’, the campaign aims to encourage public involvement as we work together to spread awareness and help domestic violence victims.
“We want every individual in Penang to feel safe.
“To that end, the state has already appointed all 40 state constituency service centres as Support Points to assist victims of domestic violence,” he said.
Pengkalan Kota assemblyman Daniel Gooi addressed the mental stress faced by the public due to restrictions during the different movement control order phases.
“The campaign sends an important message that we are against violence against women.
“We are ready to help and support those affected. Do come to us if you are facing such issues,” he said.
Meanwhile, Padang Kota community women and family development committee chairman Datin Anna Yeoh thanked the Happy Star Fitness Dance team members for their support of the Penang Goes Orange campaign by wearing orange shirts while they exercise every morning at Padang Taman Kejiranan Macallum and in Bukit Dumbar park throughout the campaign period.
“I am impressed by their strong commitment to raise awareness on violence against women.
“As a community, we can work together to do our part to promote safe families,” she said.
The eighth edition of the Penang Goes Orange campaign – a statewide move to raise awareness of domestic violence – starts this month with three main objectives outlined.
The objectives are to raise awareness of domestic violence, provide a platform to give victims a voice and improve public knowledge of actions that can be taken when dealing with domestic violence and its victims.
The campaign started on Nov 22 and will go on until Dec 10.
As a token of appreciation, Chow, who is also Tanjong MP, presented a portable speaker system with stand to dance instructor and Happy Star Fitness Dance chairman Ricky Goh.