Older people need more social activities, says MP for Petaling Jaya

Instilling a sense of volunteerism in older people in local communities is essential to ensure that they remain active and mentally healthy, says Maria Chin Abdullah, MP for Petaling Jaya.

She said that over the last two and a half years of the Covid-19 pandemic, many older people have been locked up at home and lost touch with their community and social circle.

“In Malaysia, we need more social activities for seniors and a place where they can gather.

“It’s so that they don’t deteriorate (mentally). They need to engage more with their friends,” she said during a Hari Raya Aidiladha gotong-royong program at PJS2 organized by the Association of Residents of PJS2 and PJS2 Rukun Tetangga in Taman Dato Harun, Petaling Jaya .

Also present was Taman Medan MP Syamsul Firdaus Mohamed Supri.

Maria said Taman Medan was a unique community neighborhood where people enjoyed doing activities together.

“That kind of community spirit is sometimes lacking in urban areas.

“The community spirit in Taman Medan is alive, but people should remain cautious as Covid-19 cases continue to rise,” she said.

Maria said there are plans to renovate a disused PJS2 house into a small community hall for social gatherings.

“In Lembah Subang, for example, there is a place where seniors can play carom. It’s something we can do here in PJS2,” she added.

Syamsul Firdaus provided a cow and two goats to the residents in collaboration with Hari Raya Aidiladha.

“We can see that there is a lot of joy among the community here after two years without being able to organize this kind of festive activity.

“This gotong-royong was a long-awaited moment since 2020,” he said.

PJS2 Rukun Tetangga Chairman Zulkifli Abu Bakar said 70 residents were involved in the Hari Raya Aidiladha event.

The meat was then portioned and distributed to residents and those less fortunate.

Joel C. Hicks