So­cial work­ers face dif­fer­ent chal­lenges in Sabah

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KOTA KINABALU: The di­verse cul­tures, lan­guages, cus­toms, norms and con­ven­tions in Sabah present new and dif­fer­ent chal­lenges for so­cial work­ers.

UMS Vice Chan­cel­lor Prof Datuk Dr D Ka­marudin D Mudin said Sabah as part of Malaysia was a mul­ti­cul­tural so­ci­ety en­com­pass­ing more than 40 eth­nics and other sub-eth­nic groups.

“The di­verse cul­tures, lan­guages, cus­toms, norms and con­ven­tions rep­re­sent new and dif­fer­ent chal­lenges for so­cial work­ers,” he said in a speech de­liv­ered on his be­half by UMS Deputy Vice Chan­cel­lor of Re­search and In­no­va­tion Prof Dr Shahril Yu­sof, when of­fi­ci­at­ing at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the Bor­neo In­ter­na­tional So­cial Work Sym­po­sium (BISWS) 2017 here yes­ter­day.

Ka­marudin said So­cial Work in Mul­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety as theme of this sym­po­sium was ap­pro­pri­ate as Malaysia was a mul­ti­cul­tural coun­try made of dif­fer­ent eth­nic groups in­clud­ing the Malays, Chi­nese, In­di­ans and na­tives.

He said so­cial work­ers had the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in pro­mot­ing healthy so­ci­ety for all peo­ple ir­re­spec­tive of their eth­nic or cul­tural back­ground.

Ka­marudin added that a healthy so­ci­ety com­prised three im­por­tant el­e­ments, the first be­ing a so­ci­ety in which men and women were en­cour­aged to ac­cept re­spon­si­bil­ity for them­selves and their fam­i­lies, and live their lives with max­i­mum in­de­pen­dence and self-re­liance.

Sec­ond, it is a so­ci­ety where ev­ery­one feels them­selves as re­spon­si­ble mem­bers in the com­mu­nity, where he or she is in­spired to en­sure the well­be­ing of their com­mu­nity, par­tic­u­larly in show­ing prac­ti­cal con­cern for oth­ers re­gard­less of age, oc­cu­pa­tion or dis­abil­ity, he said.

Thirdly, he said fam­ily life formed the bed rock on which a healthy so­ci­ety was built on.

Ka­marudin also hoped that BISWS would be­come an an­nual event for the so­cial work pro­gramme of the fac­ulty.

Also present was the Dean of Fac­ulty of Psychology and Ed­u­ca­tion, Prof Dr Haji Mohd Dahlan bin Haji A. Malek.

Shahril (fourth left), Dahlan (third left) and oth­ers at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the sym­po­sium.

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