MBKS aims to make Kuching first ageing-friendly city

Wee delivers his speech at the Parents’ Day celebration dinner at the MBKS Community Hall in Kuching on June 28, 2023.

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By Ashley Sim

KUCHING, June 28: Kuching South City Council (MBKS) is working to make Kuching the first ageing-friendly city.

According to MBKS mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng, Sarawak will be the first ageing-friendly State in Malaysia in 2028.

“We are now looking at the overall planning for the ageing society. We want Sarawak or Kuching to be the first ageing-friendly State or city.

“Now, this (event) is also the first in our (series of) community engagement (events).

“So you can see the elderly people here; they are the ones who can tell us or give us feedback on what the future plan for our ageing-friendly city is,” Wee told reporters today when met after officiating at the Parents’ Day celebration dinner, which was held at the MBKS Community Hall here.

He disclosed the council will hold similar community engagement events in the future.

“I believe it’s important that we discuss, share, and obtain any feedback from the public regarding any projects we undertake in the future.

“We (the council) must not only be approachable, but also capable of connecting with the communities. So this (Parents’ Day celebration dinner) is our first programme, and there will be more.

“The plan has been developed for our ageing-friendly society because Sarawak will be the first ageing-friendly State in Malaysia by 2028. As a result, we must be prepared,” he added.

Furthermore, Wee revealed that MBKS was participating in the Parents’ Day celebration dinner for the first time, which is sponsored by 38 Yayasan Amal Cinta and Kuching Love Book Association.

“The purpose of the Parents’ Day celebration is to honour and love your parents.

“We invited the elderly, some OKUs (people with disabilities), single mothers, single fathers, the less fortunate, children, and so on.

“What we’re attempting to do here is (promote) family bonding between parents and their children,” he said.

Wee also disclosed that nearly 550 people had gathered tonight for the Parents’ Day celebration dinner.

Also present at the event was Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Women chief Kho Teck Wan. — DayakDaily