Call on the government and civil society to commemorate in a meaningful manner four important dates in the next two months to improve the quality of life of all Malaysians
by Lim Kit Siang
(Penang, Thursday): The government and the civil society should commemorate in a meaningful manner four important dates in the next two months to improve the quality of life of all Malaysians, viz:
The International Women's Day on March 8 was established in
1977 by the United Nations to provide an opportunity to reflect on the
progress made to advance women's equality, to assess the challenges facing
women in contemporary society, to consider future steps to enhance the
status of women and to celebrate the gains made in these areas.
On April 7th each year, the world celebrates World Health Day
to mark the importance of health for productive and happy lives. This year,
the theme for World Health Day is "Healthy Environments for Children". This
is a grim reminder of the millions of children that die annually from
environmentally related illnesses and who could be saved through the
creation of healthy settings, whether it be the home, the school, or the
community at large.
May 3 each year is the World Press Freedom Day to remember and
celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, to encourage and
develop press freedom initiatives, and to assess the state of press freedom
The World Press Freedom Day this year should focus in particular on the "developmental" role which the Malaysian press had played, or failed to play, to help the nation and people avert the worst dengue epidemic in the nation's history, which had killed at least 100 people last year, caused some 20 deaths in the first two months of the year and will claim more lives in the next few months as the epidemic is expected to last until May this year.
* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman