Di­a­logue gives voice to all

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KUALA LUMPUR

THE Women, Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Min­istry (KPWKM) will be bas­ing its fu­ture di­rec­tion on the as­pi­ra­tions of all tar­get groups un­der its pur view in gear­ing up to­wards 2050.

Its min­is­ter, Datuk Seri Ro­hani Ab­dul Karim, said, with this, a 2050 Na­tional Trans­for­ma­tion (TN50) di­a­logue ses­sion for about 1,000 par­tic­i­pants, themed “In­clu­sive So­ci­ety, Our Aspi­ra­tion”

was or­gan­ised on Thurs­day to get the views from eight tar­get groups.

The di­a­logue, or­gan­ised in a ca­sual man­ner to en­cour­age a re­laxed at­mos­phere, was held at the In­dus­trial Train­ing and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre in Bangi.

Ro­hani said the first di­a­logue ses­sion was to kick-start a se­ries of other di­a­logue ses­sions be­tween the min­istry and tar­get groups, in­clud­ing the dis­abled, women, chil­dren, se­nior cit­i­zens, non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions (NGOs), the hard­core poor, and fam­i­lies and vic­tims of nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.

The par­tic­i­pants gave their in­put dur­ing the ses­sion with the as­sis­tance of a mod­er­a­tor and sub-mod­er­a­tors to man­age the crowd.

“It has set the tone for the up­com­ing ses­sions for fruit­ful dis­cus­sions with the rakyat. In the fu­ture, we also plan to or­gan­ise sim­i­lar ses­sions with the Youth and Sports Min­istry for tar­get groups that are rel­e­vant for both min­istries,” she said.

Dur­ing the event, KPWKM had the op­por­tu­nity to build a closer rap­port with all the par­tic­i­pants.

Ro­hani said prior to the event, she hoped to get more in­put from tar­get groups, es­pe­cially those per­tain­ing to is­sues that are re­lated to chil­dren, the home­less and se­nior cit­i­zens.

She said the di­a­logue ses­sion gave an op­por­tu­nity for all to voice their views, in­clud­ing NGOs cur­rently work­ing with the tar­get groups.

It also in­volved coun­cils un­der the min­istry, in­clud­ing those for the dis­abled, women, chil­dren and se­nior cit­i­zens.

“We also gath­ered in­put from our of­fi­cers as they are fa­mil­iar with so­cial is­sues and mat­ters un­der the purview of the min­istry,” she said.

Ro­hani said the di­a­logue ses­sion had al­lowed her to truly feel the pulse of the rakyat.

“The chil­dren’s group, for those aged 18 and be­low, did not have many op­por­tu­ni­ties to voice out their views to in­flu­ence the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process. We need to get their point of view to fur­ther re­alise their as­pi­ra­tions,” she said.

Ro­hani said this was be­cause they would be the ones who would chart the course of the fu­ture and be at the fore­front in lead­ing this coun­try in the decades to come.

“For the first ses­sion, we in­vited chil­dren’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives from all states,” she said.

Be­sides that, Ro­hani said it was im­por­tant to let the home­less speak be­cause they were the marginalised group.

“We wouldn’t know much about them un­til we min­gle with them and let their voices be heard,” she said.

She added that it was also im­por­tant for the se­nior cit­i­zens to pro­vide their in­put as they might not only speak for them­selves, but for the ben­e­fit of the fu­ture as well.

“The se­nior cit­i­zens, with their ex­pe­ri­ence and wis­dom, have en­vi­sioned on how the fu­ture might be, thus we value their feed­back,” she said.

Ro­hani said the in­put by the par­tic­i­pants would im­prove the min­istry’s de­liv­ery of ser­vice and pol­icy plan­ning.

She said, among ar­eas that were dis­cussed in­cluded ad­min­is­tra­tion, daily life, learn­ing and job op­por­tu­ni­ties, ex­pe­ri­ence, global as­pi­ra­tions and pos­i­tive val­ues.

She said the par­tic­i­pants’ in­put would be re­viewed by the So­cial In­sti­tute of Malaysia.

She added that it would then be given to the Civil Ser vice De­liver y Unit, the Eco­nomic Plan­ning Unit and the Prime Min­is­ter’s De­part­ment.

“Some of the feed­back can be used to make ad­just­ments in our pro­grammes. We might not wait un­til 2050 to plan for changes,” she said.

Ro­hani said the min­istry was also amend­ing laws in­volv­ing the tar­get groups that have been over­taken by events.

Be­sides that, an in­ter-min­istry di­a­logue ses­sion had al­ready been con­ducted.

On May 16, 60 of­fi­cers from the min­istry, in­clud­ing civil ser­vants from Grade 41 to 44, had given their views in the ses­sion themed “New Vi­sion in Ser­vice De­liv­ery”

The sec­ond se­ries will in­volve those from Grade 48 to 54, and the third se­ries will be for the Im­ple­menter Group I and II.

Ro­hani said, un­der TN50, there were var­i­ous ways for feed­back to be gath­ered, in­clud­ing get­ting in­put dur­ing road­shows, town hall ses­sions, on­line sur­veys, dis­cus­sions with groups and spe­cial­ist men­tors, as well as dur­ing ac­tiv­i­ties with TN50 icons.

“Un­der TN50, in­put will be gath­ered from all walks of life in var­i­ous di­a­logue ses­sions via in­ter-min­istry, and through the bot­tom-up ap­proach,” she said.

She added that for those who missed the di­a­logue ses­sions, they could give their in­put on the min­istry’s Face­book, Twit­ter and In­sta­gram ac­counts.

The gath­er­ing of in­put for TN50 is sched­uled to be be­tween this year and 2019.

Women, Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ro­hani Ab­dul Karim ad­dress­ing the par­tic­i­pants dur­ing the 2050 Na­tional Trans­for­ma­tion (TN50) di­a­logue ses­sion.

Datuk Seri Ro­hani Ab­dul Karim shar­ing a light mo­ment with the crowd.

Women, Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ro­hani Ab­dul Karim

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