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Published: Sunday March 23, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday March 23, 2014 MYT 8:21:28 AM

Companies urged to hire the disabled

KULAIJAYA: Companies in Johor have been urged to be more receptive to hiring people with disabilities.

State Unity and Human Resouces exco R. Vidyanathan has said that so far the state government has identified 30 companies that have already employed disabled people.

“I am sure there are more in other districts and we urge them to come forward and work with the state government so that we can do job matching and include the disabled people in the state’s developments,” he said after launching a job fair for special people in Senai here yesterday.

He said the fair was a good beginning in getting potential employers to be more proactive in creating job opportunities for people with disabilities and less privileged people like single mothers, ex-convicts and ex-drug addicts.

A disabled worker Norhanah Ismail who walks with a crutch is one of those who had benefited from the matching programme.

Met at the fair, the 44-year-old printing assistant said she went through a very bad time trying to secure a stable job due to her disability. She had struggled finding a job suitable for her condition before she managed to land a job at the printing company in Bandar Baru Uda.

Nohanah, 44, who suffered from the disability after being born prematurely and suffering from severe fever added that she felt grateful as her employer has been understanding since she began working at the company four years ago.

“I am given the responsibility of handling the printing process for business cards, banners and buntings, which do not require a lot of physical exertion,” she said.

She said sometimes she would be asked to work faster to meet urgent orders.

“But I take it as a challenge because I want to prove to others that even with my shortcomings, I can perform well and do my best,” she said, adding that she learned basic reading and writing from courses conducted by the state Welfare Department.

She was among those who received certificates of appreciation at the fair, which recognises the efforts by special people to strive to be independent and earn their own keep.

Tags / Keywords: Education, special, disabled, job opportunities, state government, Johor

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