FILIAL piety is a traditional virtue, which is very much respected and adhered to by the Chinese community, according to state Youth and Sports Committee chairman Soon Lip Chee.
He pointed out that the practice of filial piety to the elderly was important towards nation building.
“The young people can contribute to this aspect by practising this culture.
“From observation, we can get to know whether a person is filial or not through his or her character.
“Young people are the pillars and future of the country. They play a pivotal role to bring the country to a greater height.
“Filial piety must be emphasised to ensure that the country is moving forward,” he said in his speech during the virtual session of the 1st International Filial Piety Event & Award Ceremony Malaysia 2021.
The event, with its theme as ‘Channeling Youth Power for Nation Building through Filial Piety Culture’, was co-organised by Chinese People’s Federation For World Peace (CPFWP), Youth for Future and Penang Youth Development Corporation (PYDC).
Chinese People’s Federation for World Peace Malaysia (CPFWPM) president Ng Shu Lin said filial piety is rarely seen nowadays.
“Hence, we need to inculcate the importance of this tradition to ensure it can be carried on.
“We hope that this event will be held annually to bring peace and harmony to the family and social development,” he said.
During the session, awards were also given to the winners of filial piety writing competition, children talent show competition and short film creation.
Joining in the event were PYDC general manager Dr Gwee Sai Ling, CPFWP Asia Pacific regional president Lee Ker-shung, Family Federation for World Peace and Unification Asia Pacific Region 2 president Masaichi Hori and Family Federation for World Peace Malaysia president Lai Peng Keong.
Story by Edmund Lee