To cel­e­brate 1Malaysia Na­tional Fam­ily Month, the Min­istry of Women, Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment has or­gan­ised a month filled with fun ac­tiv­i­ties for the whole fam­ily. We caught up with the min­is­ter, Dato’ Sri Ro­hani Ab­dul Karim, to find out more.

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Her World: What is the main goal and aim of the 1Malaysia Na­tional Fam­ily Month?

Dato’ Sri Ro­hani (DS): “The 1Malaysia Na­tional Fam­ily Month is one of the ini­tia­tives un­der the 1Malaysia Fam­ily First Move­ment (1MFF), which is a na­tional agenda to en­cour­age all lev­els of so­ci­ety to give pri­or­ity to the fam­ily in­sti­tu­tion. Fam­ily is a very im­por­tant so­cial com­po­nent in Malaysian so­ci­ety, and also as a foun­da­tion for hu­man de­vel­op­ment to cre­ate a pros­per­ous na­tion. As a con­tin­u­ous com­mit­ment, the Na­tional Fam­ily Month will be wel­comed ev­ery year. The theme ‘I Love My Fam­ily’ (Saya Sayang Kelu­arga Saya) will also be used this year to re­in­force the con­cept of K.A.S.I.H, the five pil­lars of a happy fam­ily.”

HW: How does the min­istry plan to in­still stronger fam­ily val­ues in to­day’s youths?

DS: Im­ple­ment­ing good moral val­ues is an im­por­tant el­e­ment in the process of es­tab­lish­ing our chil­dren’s iden­tity and per­son­al­ity. Good be­hav­iour, obe­di­ence to fam­ily and re­li­gion, civic-mind­ed­ness, and man­ners are among the ex­am­ples of no­ble val­ues that par­ents need to im­part to their chil­dren. Strength­en­ing the fam­ily in­sti­tu­tion is in line with the govern­ment’s fo­cus as out­lined in the 11th Malaysia Plan. Based on the Malaysian Pop­u­la­tion and Fam­ily Sur­vey (KPKM) con­ducted by the Na­tional Pop­u­la­tion and Fam­ily De­vel­op­ment Board (LPPKN), par­ents are still shar­ing with their chil­dren the same val­ues as pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions. The re­sults of the study show that con­sis­tent ap­pli­ca­tion of good val­ues by par­ents – such as re­spect, obe­di­ence to God, knowl­edge, and dis­ci­pline – re­sults in a mag­nif­i­cent im­prove­ment in their chil­dren’s be­hav­iour. Var­i­ous pro­grammes have been or­gan­ised and im­ple­mented by the min­istry.

HW: What can fam­i­lies ex­pect to ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing the Fam­ily Month?

DS: Re­cently, the min­istry and sev­eral other strate­gic part­ners or­gan­ised an ex­cit­ing pro­gramme to mark the launch. We have no­ticed that in­ter­net and so­cial me­dia us­age in our coun­try is very high. The Malaysian Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Com­mis­sion (MCMC) has recorded the num­ber of in­ter­net users in Malaysia at ap­prox­i­mately 20 mil­lion. Al­though it is a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment and shows that Malaysians are IT lit­er­ate, cer­tain val­ues are lost when ev­ery­one is pre­oc­cu­pied with their gad­gets. There­fore, I would like to use the 1 Malaysia Na­tional Fam­ily Month to bring fam­i­lies to­gether. Her World’s No Gad­get Hour cam­paign is the main agenda at the Fam­ily Month cel­e­bra­tions as we want to en­cour­age fam­i­lies to for­get about the use of gad­gets dur­ing fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties.

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