The National Monday, December 13, 2010
Underprivileged children from shelters within Port Moresby were privileged to join the Malaysian community celebrate Christmas and “Jamuan (feast) 1 Malaysia” during the weekend.
According to High Commissioner of Malaysia to PNG Datin Blanche Olbery, the children from Missionaries of Charity, Caritas and City Mission were invited.
“For today’s event, we have invited children from Missionaries of Charity, Caritas, Cheshire disability services and City Mission as well as children of the high commission’s staff to share the joy of celebrating Christmas with us,” she said.
“It is very important for children to receive childhood education because they are assets in nation building.
“If we are able to produce more highly educated children in this country, I believe they will one day be our future leaders.”
Olbery added that parents should not rely on schools to educate their children but also shoulder the responsibility.
A unique concept about the Malaysian culture is the “open house”.
During cultural and religious festivals including Christmas, friends, families and even strangers would visit homes of those celebrating the festivals, to wish them well and enjoy the feast prepared by the host.