KUALA LUMPUR - The National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN) wants to recruit more than 5,000 volunteers in order to cope with the increasing number of parents who are going through "empty nest syndrome".
Women, Family and Community Development minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said there were 178,000 parents who were experiencing the syndrome.
The syndrome is a non-clinical condition that many parents face as their children grow up and leave homes to study, for work or when they have gone through marriage.
"Right now, we only have 1,700 officers and volunteers," she said at a press conference yesterday.
Earlier, Rohani launched the national-level Mothers Day celebration at a mall here, themed Ibu di Hati, Syurga Menanti (Keep your mother in your heart, and heaven awaits).
According to Rohani, volunteers could choose to work with old folks, children or disabled and bedridden folks.
After choosing, volunteers will be trained before they are placed at a specific home.
"Visits by volunteers often start once a week, but they are welcome to visit frequently as they want if the location is not a barrier," Rohani said.
"Folks going through empty nest syndrome appreciate the companionship."