MIRI: The Sarawak government wants to see more hospice facilities set up to care for the terminally ill, as well as better public amenities to cater for disabled people in rapidly developing urban centres in the state, especially in this soon-to-be city.
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam said he felt sad to see that such facilities and services were still lacking here.
I dont want Miri to become a city only in the material sense of the word. There is no point having a city that has great infrastructure, impressive high-rise buildings, nice roads and modern facilities but lacking in noble human values.
We must not forget the very basic noble characters of life like being kind, caring and generous to the needy, the sick, the old folks, the disabled and those suffering terminal diseases.
At present, there are not enough facilities to cater to the needs of the disabled in public places in Miri. We also hope to form the hospice movement in Miri to care for the terminally ill who have nobody to care for them. The only hospice service in the state now is in Kuching, he told a press conference at his office yesterday.
Dr Chan, who is also State Industrial Development Minister and State Agriculture Modernisation Minister, warns that he does not want Miri to become a cold and polluted city full of stressed-up, nasty people after it attains resort-city status on May 20.
He said he wanted a city with the good old noble values of yesteryear, like the spirit of neighbourliness, love and respect for elders, kindness to animals and pets, care and love for aged parents, sense of concern for the blind, the handicapped, the sick and those who were lonely and dying.
The state authorities wanted to see more toilets and ramps specially built for the handicapped in public buildings and places, he stressed.
To inculcate a greater sense of such noble values, the Sarawak United Peoples Party higher education counselling group and the Miri Young Heart Activity Centre would organise a seminar aimed at teaching people to be more loving and caring, Dr Chan said.
Renowned social worker Dr Roger Cole will be Miri on May 22 to meet various groups to discuss such issues.
Dr Cole is well known for his charitable deeds, helping dying patients, those with terminal sicknesses and needy folks.
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