although new and emerging social issues are an indication. It is however possible to predict and forecast and evenmanage these consequences to some extent. We do not have to be overwhelmed by the situation but we will need todefine our own problems and devise solutions that are more relevant to our circumstances. There is no doubt one of the most important priorities for social development is to evolve capability for responding to social problems in atimely and effective fashion. Such a capability will not come about at the initiative of government alone, the problems are often complex and widespread. They demand equally complex solutions. I believe that no agenda for social development can be complete without specifying the role for government, the community, the business sector,the voluntary sector and the family. It must be emphasied that social development must build upon a durable partnership between these sectors of society.Realising this, Malaysia formulated its National Welfare Policy in 1990 with the ultimate objectives of ensuring asecure and stable society for the nation’s progress. This is in line with Malaysian’s vision 2020 but equal emphasisis given on enchancing the well-being and social stability of the people and the establishment of a fully caringsociety. Malaysia’s policies and programmes for the underprivileged population are guided by the strategic goals of the National Welfare Policy which emphasised on the attainment of self-reliance, equalisation of opportunities for the less fortunate and fostering the spirit of mutual help and support towards enhancing the caring culture. Westrongly believe that society as a whole can play a crucial role in providing a better and secure future for the poor and underprivileged groups of society. Although much have been achieved there is still much more that need to bedone. The task ahead of us is indeed enormous. But through the cooperation of all sectors of society, the family,community, business and government, and the voluntary sector like the Kiwanis Clubs, our burden will indeed belighter. A 'Fully Caring Society’ is not likely to evolve without such a partnership. Most importantly and asemphasised earlier, a partnership of all these sectors will prevent social development and welfare programmes from being segregated into mere charity based, remedial activities that have little relevance to the new challenges we willencounter as industrial nations.Ladies and Gentlemen:In conclusion, I would like to thank the Kiwanis International & Kiwanis Clubs of Malaysia for their support andtechnical assistance and to Kiwanis Club Petaling Jaya who have put tremendous effort in ensuring the success of this meeting. To the delegates, it is my hope that this Convention will stimulate fresh ideas that will help forge newdirections with regards to the Kiwanis movement worldwide and what Kiwanis can do to make the world a better place. May your deliberations here be both stimulating and fruitful.In the midst of discussions and deliberations, please do find time to enjoy our beautiful capital city of Kuala Lumpur and enjoy the numerous places of interests. Once again, I wish all of you, especially the delegates, a fruitfuldiscussion and enjoyable stay in Malaysia.With this note, I now have the pleasure to declare the Kiwanis International 23
Asia Pacific Convention officallyopen.Thank you.
2 April 1998Di Majlis Pelancaran Briged Kebajikan Perdana Negeri Sarawak
Saudara Pengerusi MajlisY Bhg. Dato’ Dr. Hj. Zainul Arif Bin Hj. HussainKetua Setiausaha KPNPMY BerusahaEncik Jaafar Bin Abdul WahidKetua Pengarah Kebajikan Masyarakat MalaysiaEncik Anuar Bin Haji Mohd Noor