KUALA LUMPUR NOV.7: The Malaysian Family Month 2021 will be celebrated in November in the hope to enhance and elevate the efforts of all parties to be together to protect, defend and empower the family institution as a fortress and supporter of social stability in the country.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the family concept is familiar to the Malaysians as the family is inclusive as it crosses the borders of religion, race and ethnic groups.
“The family is the prime institution in the existence of a nation to the extent it has led to the Malaysian Family concept in the government administration today.
“The family plays important role to ensure the value system will continue from one generation to another. If the institution is great then the nation will become great too,” Ismail said in his speech here today.
The Prime Minister was speaking at the Launching of the Malaysian Family Month Celebration organised by the Ministry of Women and Family Development at Taman Botani Perdana here today.
Ismail added, the Malaysian Family is focused on three main supporters namely inclusiveness, togetherness and gratitude that have a long term vision for the nation’s recovery via family approach.
He said it is also actionable in nature as every ministry will introduce at least one programme and the initiative is aimed at helping to reduce the effects of the economy that has affected the people.
“In line with the courage and the Malaysian Family’s aspiration, I will declare from this year onwards the National Family Month will be known as “Malaysian Family Month”.
“When the Budget 2022 was tabled on 29th October 2021, the government has allocated RM2.7 billion to the Ministry (KPWKM) to implement initiatives supporting the people’s prosperity especially the handicapped, women, senior citizens, children and families.
“Among the initiatives that will be implemented under the ministry next year is the Malaysian Family Foundation. About RM25 million has been allocated to help the children that have lost their parents following COVID-19.
“Several programmes have been structured to ensure the future of these children will be secured. Besides financial aids, these children are also given emotional support to face the challenges when they grow up without parents,” Ismail said.
The Prime Minister added, the commitment of many parties is needed to take care of the welfare of these children so that they will not be sidelined. The approach of “Every child needs a family” should be instilled in everybody’s mind in the country.
Ismail said, RM11 million is allocated for 50,000 women nationwide through the implementation of free Mammogram Test Subsidy Programme and HPV DNA test. This programme gives opportunity to the female who undergoes cancer test to detect it at an early stage for the happiness of the beloved family.
“Early detection is important as the breast cancer treatment costs in the private hospital today can reach until RM395, 000 while cervical cancer reaches RM250, 000.
“Besides that 130,000 female teenagers from B40 group nationwide will receive free basic kits for self cleanliness through 18 teenager centres KafeTEEN LPPKN. Apart from the kit the teenagers will also be given the social and health reproductive knowledge,” Ismail said.-Malaysia World News