Social Well-Being Index For State Necessary – Minister

KUCHING: The state government must have a comprehensive composite index covering the quality of life and the well-being of the communities in Sarawak.

On this, Minister of Welfare, Community Well-Being, Women, Family and Childhood Development Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah believes that it is about time for the state to have such index.

To have a specific index about the social welfare of our people is important so that the government can monitor the community’s social system, to identify any change that is happening and give guidance on actions to solve the negative impacts of social changes that have happened, she said.

The social well-being index can be indicators on the quality of life for our communities in Sarawak, she said after having a community dialogue on social issues with the relevant government agencies, local community leaders and participants from various local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) at Merdeka Palace Hotel here on Saturday.

She said that such index could describe the true status of the people’s welfare level in the state. This would show the commitment, sincerity and efficiency of the state government in safeguarding and protecting the lives and the welfare of the people, Fatimah said.

Earlier, a speaker from the ministry’s community well-being unit Dr Zufar Yadi Brendan Abdullah spoke about the community well-being of the people in Sarawak, followed by the dialogue where Fatimah acted as the moderator.

She fielded questions from participants on issues such as drug abuse, mental depression in young people, underage sex, out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and a host of other social issues that the state government must address before they got more serious.

Present at the event were Assistant Minister of Community Well-Being Datuk Francis Harden Hollis, Assistant Minister of Women, Family and Childhood Development Rosey Yunus, Tanjung Datu assemblywoman Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu, permanent secretary to Fatimah’s ministry Dr Saadiah Abdul Samat and state Women and Family Department director Noriah Ahmad.

Source: The Borneo Post