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Tuesday August 17, 2010

Disabled-friendly town

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Minister of Community Development and Consumer Affairs Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun welcomed the move by Kota Kinabalu mayor Datuk Iliyas Ibrahim to introduce the tactile warning system for the benefit of visually impaired pedestrians to enhance accessibility as required under the Persons With Disabilities Act 2008.

Tactile paving (also called detectable warning surfaces) is a system of textured ground surface indicators that were found on pedestrian walkways, bus and train station platforms as well as parking lots in many developed countries.

“Slowly but surely, I believe the system will be widely available in many other areas of the city,” she said at the Junior Chamber International Intan (JCI Intan) fundraising dinner for people with disability recently.

Azizah said many hotels had installed disabled-friendly facilities at their premises.

“We hope that many more public buildings and new government buildings will incorporate these features,” she said.

She also proposed that a sign language interpreter be made available at all relevant government events and functions for the benefit of the disabled community — Bernama.

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