Johor Human Resources and Unity exco R.Vidyanathan (left) visiting some of the booths during the Career, Postgraduate Expo and Disabled Job Fair.– Photo by ABDUL RAHMAN EMBONG
JOHOR BARU: The state government will be conducting an in depth study on work opportunities for handicapped people and how they can be inculcated successfully into the work force.
Johor Human Resources and Unity exco R. Vidyanathan said that currently it was not only difficult for the disabled to acquire jobs but it was also a problem for employers especially when the disabled person does not or cannot perform the duties required.
“Due to this, we have decided to conduct an in depth study to see how we can match these disabled people to suitable jobs that will allow them to perform their best,” he said.
Vidyanathan was speaking to reporters after officiating the Johor Career, Postgraduate Expo and Disabled Job Fair held at Danga City Mall here on Jan 4.
He added that on top of the study, the state would also be conducting programmes for the disabled to familiarise them with working conditions and what is expected of them.
“It is a lot of work as we have to identify the most suitable jobs for various disabilities.
“For example, a person who suffers from blindness and is physically fit can only be matched to certain kind of jobs and this is the same case with a person that is physically disabled,” he said.
He added that the state was serious is providing amble opportunity especially to the disabled and this would be their focus this year.
“We are also hoping for more disabled persons to be involved in businesses and will be opening up more opportunities for them.
“We hope to encourage disabled persons here to expand on existing businesses or start up new ones to ensure that they are financially independent,” he said.
Vidyanathan also said that the state was planning to hold a jobs fair specially for the disabled once the in depth study on them is completed in March this year.