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Senior Citizens Must Continue To Help With National Development - Rosmah | 27/06/2010
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KUALA LUMPUR, June 27 2010 (Bernama) -- Elderly people are encouraged to be active in various activities so as to continue to be of service to the community and nation, wife of the prime minister, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, said on Sunday.

She said the perception of certain quarters that senior citizens should take a rest and not involve themselves in social activities was wrong.

"Some people think that the golden age is a time to rest after having worked for so long and nurtured children. Such an attitude will only see wasted the knowledge and capability of senior citizens useful and necessary for national development," she said.

Rosmah was launching Senior Citizens' Day in conjunction with the anniversary celebrations of the Pertubuhan Pengajian Lin Shen Chen For Chong, Lian Yuen Thang Kuala Lumpur, here.

She said senior citizens could still get involved in social activities and those of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) by contributing ideas based on their experience.

"What is important is for the individual to have the spirit to not only continue to live well but also to make useful contributions to society," she said.

She said senior citizens could contribute according to their capacity because they knew better in determining what they could contribute in their golden age.

At today's function, Rosmah gave away donations in the form of "ang pow" (red packets containing money) and mini hampers to 1,000 senior citizens and 100 disabled people.

Earlier, at another event, Rosmah presented prizes to the winners of the Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon 2010 at the Dataran Merdeka.

In the Malaysian category of the full marathon, Shaharudin Hashim won the men's race with a time of 2 hours 39 minutes and 38 seconds while Tan Lee Kiang won the women's race with a time of 3:36:36.

In the Open category of the full marathon, Nelson Kirwa Rotich of Kenya won the men's race (2:16:44) while Goitetom Haftu Tesema of Ethiopia won the women's race (2:46:44).

The event, organised by Galazo Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur City Hall and LD Sports, offered total prize money of RM350,000.

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