Give children a good start, parents urged

  • Nation
  • Monday, 03 Nov 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Children are an invaluable asset to the nation and every aspect of their well-being should be looked into to ensure they are raised well from the start, National Unity and Social Development Minister Datuk Dr Siti Zaharah Sulaiman said. 

She said the ministry would continue to implement programmes that would help to enhance child development, health, recreation, sports and welfare. 

“Children are the determinant of our future and we need to protect this asset of ours,'' said Siti Zaharah after opening The Star Children House 2003 concert with the theme Saya Anak Malaysia at Wisma MCA here. 

Organised by The Star Children House kindergarten, more than 200 children, between the ages of two and six, took to the stage with songs, dances and speeches. 

The minister expressed amazement when three six-year-olds came on the stage to deliver their speeches without any notes or reference. 

“This is amazing, even I can't deliver a speech without looking at my notes,'' said Siti Zaharah. 

She added that the Saya Anak Malaysia campaign would be the ministry's call to instil unity in the future generation.  

“Looking at the polarisation among races that still exits in the community, work place and institutions of higher learning, we need to address this problem by placing our focus on the young especially during their growing years, in kindergartens and schools,'' said Siti Zaharah.  

These places, she said, would be the starting point to enforce values, and respect for one another, the Rukun Negara and Constitution.  

The Saya Anak Malaysia campaign will be launched nationwide in February.  

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