Keep up with change, woo younger gen­er­a­tion, clan as­so­ci­a­tions ad­vised

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KUCHING: Clan as­so­ci­a­tions must keep up with to­day’s rapid changes and im­prove the un­der­stand­ing of the younger gen­er­a­tion by get­ting them to join as mem­bers.

World Liew Clan Fed­er­a­tion chair­man Te­meng­gong Dato Vin­cent Lau said these as­so­ci­a­tions were es­tab­lished with the aim of main­tain­ing har­mony, pro­mot­ing friend­ship and se­cur­ing the wel­fare of clans­men.

He said due to the changes of the en­vi­ron­ment and times, es­pe­cially in multi-eth­nic coun­tries and so­cial en­vi­ron­ment, clan as­so­ci­a­tions also need to keep pace and change their or­gan­i­sa­tions ac­cord­ingly.

“I hope that the lead­er­ship of clan as­so­ci­a­tions has a clear un­der­stand­ing of this point.

“The clan lead­ers have the re­spon­si­bil­ity to lead the clan and its mem­bers to ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in build­ing the coun­try and serv­ing the so­ci­ety, help pro­mote pub­lic wel­fare, char­ity and tra­di­tional cul­ture, and pro­tect Chi­nese-lan­guage ed­u­ca­tion,” he said dur­ing the Kuching, Kota Sa­ma­ra­han and Se­rian Pan Ch­ern Liew Clan As­so­ci­a­tion’s 32nd car­ni­val din­ner on Fri­day.

Aside from that, Lau stressed the need for clan lead­ers to be united to en­sure progress for the clan and pros­per­ity of the coun­try.

On the car­ni­val, he said it served as a bridge to com­mu­ni­cate, al­low­ing fam­i­lies from all over the world to in­ter­act and unite.

Dur­ing the car­ni­val, fam­ily mem­bers had the op­por­tu­nity to com­mu­ni­cate with each other through var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions, strengthen fel­low­ship and learn from each other.

Lau added he is happy that the car­ni­val in­cluded new el­e­ments and projects which en­cour­aged more young rel­a­tives to par­tic­i­pate.

He also hoped the car­ni­val would con­tinue to be or­gan­ised af­ter be­ing held for more than 30 years, as it brought joy and warm fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ence to rel­a­tives and left them with un­for­get­table mem­o­ries.

He thanked lo­cal clan mem­bers for their sup­port at all times which he said fully re­flected the team spirit of the Liew fam­ily.

Mean­while, Kuching, Kota Sa­ma­ra­han and Se­rian Pan Ch­ern Liew Clan As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Kevin Law urged clan mem­bers to come to­gether in mak­ing founder Liew Hon Swee’s wish for the clan to have its own an­ces­tral hall come true.

“The Liew fam­ily cul­ture is not only lim­ited to in­her­it­ing the fam­ily name, but also to pass on our an­ces­tors’ mer­its and virtues and to en­sure the fam­ily re­mains to­gether and united.”

He said that in the early days of its found­ing, the pre­de­ces­sor of the as­so­ci­a­tion orig­i­nated from deep-rooted tra­di­tional con­cepts and ide­o­log­i­cal con­scious­ness, and shoul­dered the mis­sion of in­her­it­ing the past and car­ry­ing for­ward the fu­ture, an­ces­tors’ teach­ings, and mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion in the Liew fam­ily name.

Law re­vealed that for a long time, the as­so­ci­a­tion has at­tached great im­por­tance to unit­ing the Liew fam­ily mem­bers which are scat­tered all over the world.

“Only by strength­en­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion can it pool its strength and make greater con­tri­bu­tions to fam­ily mem­bers, so­ci­ety and even the coun­try,” he added.

Aside from that, he said it was also im­por­tant to get more of the younger gen­er­a­tion to study the his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural con­no­ta­tion of the Liew fam­ily, so as to pro­mote Chi­nese cul­ture and en­hance na­tional co­he­sion.

Pan Ch­ern Liew Clan As­so­ci­a­tion Sarawak chair­man Dato Seri Law Kiu Kiong was among those present at the din­ner.

Lau (sev­enth left), flanked by Liew and Dato Sri Law (right), joins Kevin (ninth left) and other guests to pop bal­loons to of­fi­ci­ate the din­ner.

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