FAMILY members play games, watch performances, and foster a close relationship with one another at a programme in UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College here.
The university college and the Padang Kota Women and Family Development Committee (JPWK) jointly hosted the ‘Cultivating Family Togetherness: Yours, Mine, and Ours’ campaign.
It was organised by the university college’s Diploma in Mass Communication students.
Speaking at the event, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said positive family relationships are built on quality time, communication, teamwork and appreciation of one another.
“Children who receive strong emotional and psychological support from their family tend to excel further in life, and in turn, have more capacity to contribute to the community, state and country.
“As a family-oriented state government, we aspire to cultivate better lives for families and society. We place the family unit as the central or core value in everything we do.
“We have carried out several projects such as the Sia Boey Urban Archaeological Park, the ‘WoodHaven’ Park, and Traffic Garden, among many others, in our efforts to create conducive environments for families to spend quality time together and strengthen their bonds,” he said in his speech today.
Chow said the Penang government implemented the State Safe Family Policy to address the escalating domestic violence in families.
“Penang became the first state to build ‘First Support Points’ all over the state, and its data has been placed in a mobile application named Penang Stops Violence.
“It has received the Geospatial World Award 2022 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands,” he said.
Padang Kota Women and Family Development Committee (JPWK) chairman Datin Yeoh Phaik Suan said cultivating family ties is key to harmony in the family.
Those present were treated to a powerful dance performance by a six-member dance group, Hypers, from Danz Lab dance studio.
Earlier, Creativity at Heart founder Priscilla Ho gave a talk on Cultivating Family Togetherness.
Chow, Ho, together with UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College vice-chancellor Prof Dr Chong Beng Keok, and UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College Department of Mass Communication head of department Dr Tan Lee Ooi later visited the booths and exhibitions.
The campaign was also aimed at raising funds for St Joseph’s Home.
Story by Christopher Tan
Pix by Ahmad Adil Muhamad
Video by Adleena Rahayu Ahmad Radzi