4 Int'l Soc. Work 1 (1961)

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FAMILY AND CHILD WELFARE IN ASIA - REPORT OF A
           UNITED NATIONS REGIONAL SEMINAR

                                   B. H. Tan*


T   HE  Asia and  the Far East  Seminar on  Family
    and  Child Welfare was organised by the United
Nations in co-operation with the Government  of the
Federation of  Malaya.  The  Seminar  was  held  in
Kuala  Lumpur  from 17th to 30th October, 1960.


        I.  Organization   of the Seminar

Participants

  Delegates. Fifteen delegates representing the follow-
ing countries took part in the Seminar proceedings:
Burma,  Cambodia,  Ceylon, Hong  Kong, India, Indo-
nesia, Iran, Japan, Korea, Malaya, Nepal, North Borneo,
Pakistan, Singapore and Thailand.

  Observers.  Five observers from the host  country
attended the Seminar. Three specialized agencies of the
United Nations and  a total of ten international non-
government organisations were represented by observers.

  Officers. The United Nations Secretariat was repre-
sented by Miss D. Moses  as Executive Secretary and
Miss Jenny King Yiu  Cheung, the delegate from Hong
Kong,  was  appointed as General  Rapporteur.       The
Government of the Federation of Malaya appointed Dato
Zainal Abidin bin Hj. Abas, D.P.M.J., O.B.E., M.C.S.,
Director of Social Welfare in Malaya,  to serve as
Director of the Seminar  and Raja  Teh  Zaitum  bte
Kamarelysamon,  Assistant Director of Social Welfare
in charge of Child Welfare, to serve as Chief Liaison
Officer. Mrs. T. T. Memet Tanomidjaja, the .delegate
from Indonesia, was elected as the Seminar representa-
tive to the Steering Committee.

  Mrs. M. M. Desai of the Tata Institute of the Social
Sciences of India, Mrs. C. N. Then of the Social Wel-
fare Department of Malay&, Mrs. Renu  Lusanandana
of the Department of Public Welfare of Thailand and
Mr. Richard Paw U of ECAFE,  Bangkok, were appoint-
ed by the United Nations as Discussion Leaders.


Procedure  Followed

  Technical papers prepared by the Discussion Leaders,
the Secretariat of the United Nations for the Seminar
and UNICEF   were presented at plenary sessions. The
Seminar participants, after some preliminary general
discussions on each of the topics presented by the
discussion leaders, reassembled in three small groups
for further and more detailed discussions.


         II.   Opening   of the  Seminar'

  The  Honourable  Tun  Abdul  Razak   bin Hussein,
S.M.N., the Deputy Prime  Minister of the Federation
of  Malaya, opened  the Seminar  and  welcomed  the
delegates on behalf of His Majesty the Yang Di Per-
tuan  Agong's Government  at the Inaugural Meeting
on October 17th at the Dewan Tunku  Abdul Rahman,
Kuala  Lumpur.  In his address he said that the Gov-
ernment   of the  Federation  of Malaya   was  both
honoured and happy to be the host of the First Regional'
Seminar  in Asia on Family and  Child Welfare under
the  auspices -of the  United Nations.  The  Prime
Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman,  who  was in America,
also sent messages to  the Seminar. In  his message
he said that there was no subject of more fundamental
importance  to his Government  than  the welfare of
families and   children. Dato Ong   Yoke  Lin,  the
Minister for Health and Social Welfare, also extended
his warm   welcome  to the delegates as well as the
guests who were present at the meeting. He outlined
the health and social welfare services in the Federation
of  Malaya, especially the family and child welfare
programme,  some of which were undertaken by volun-
tary  organisations. He added  that  Malaya  firmly
believed that the family is the basic unit of  our
free and  democratic society. Miss  Jenny  Cheung,
the delegate from Hong Kong, thanked the Government
of the Federation of Malaya on behalf of the delegates
and  observers. The  Director of the Seminar, Dato
Zainal Abidin bin  Hj. Abas, and  Mr. T. Pigot, the
representative of the United Nations, also spoke.


1II.  Planning,   Administration   and  Co-ordina-
tion of Family   and Child  Welfare   Services and
Their  Contribution  to Raising  the Standards  of
            Living of the  Community

  Mrs. M.  M.  Desai of the Tata Institute of Social
Sciences of India acted as the discussion leader for
the Working  Papers No.  2 and  3 and  Mr. Richard
Paw  U  of ECAFE   acted as the discussion leader for
the Working  Paper No.  6.

  As  documentation on this topic, the Seminar had
before it Working  Paper  No. 2  entitled Planning,
Administration, and Co-ordination of Family and Child
Welfare Services, Working Paper No. 3 entitled Plan-
ning, Administration and Co-ordination of Family and
Child  Welfare Services and  Their  Contribution to
Raising the Standards of Living of the Community


* Mr. Tan, who is President of the Central Welfare Council of the Federation of Malaya, was the ICSW representative at this Seminar.

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