Socso recognises inclusiveness by employers and strong willpower of wheelchair-bound employee

Datu Zamrin (in wheelchair) receiving the Best Return-to-Work Participant award from Riot (second from left) as (from right) Mohammed Azman, Socso board chairman Datuk Abu Huraira Abu Yazid and Human Resources Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Adenan Ab. Rahman look on.

A TOTAL of 18 companies and individuals received awards at the Disability Management Excellence Award held at Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur.

Hosted and organised by Social Security Organisation Malaysia (Socso), the bronze, silver and gold award recipients of the six categories were for those who had contributed towards the success of Socso’s Return-to-Work (RTW) programme.

RTW is a disability management practice that addresses and helps workers return to work despite the disabilities they may have, and since 2007, it has recorded over 14,700 people who have successfully returned to work.

Brahim’s SATS Food Services Sdn Bhd won Gold in the Employer category for its exemplary efforts in implementing initiatives to retain workers with disabilities, providing training and adequate facilities as well as supporting workers with treatment and rehabilitation.

To-date, the company has 30 staff under the RTW programme since its participation in 2010.

“We have an in-house clinic, a gym and a physiotherapy centre so all our staff will not have to go out of the office to seek treatment.

“Better health increases better productivity, and our number of MCs (medical certificate) has dropped too,” said Brahim’s chief executive officer Ainul Hasnizam Abu Hassan, who received the award.

Ainul Hasnizam (centre) receiving the Best Employer award from Riot (left) as Mohammed Azman looks on.
Wheelchair-bound individuals putting up a dance performance at the awards.

He added that the good collaboration with the company’s in-house union had contributed to the company winning the award as they were the management’s eyes and ears, telling them what their staff needed.

Taking home the Return-to-Work Participant Gold Award was Datu Zamrin Panta, 31, who was recognised for his positivity and determination in making a comeback following his rehabilitation and return to work.

Datu Zamrin met with an accident in 2011 while on his way home from work, and due to his serious injury, is now wheelchair-bound.

Driven to resuming his life, he has worked hard and is now the founder and owner of D’yana Fashion and Accessories.

“Never give up. We always need to work hard and keep trying until we succeed,” he reminded, thanking his wife for her support and help.

The other four award categories were Job Placement Officer, Disability Manager, Return-to-Work Clinic and Service Provider.

Ainul Hasnizam (center) receiving the best employer award from Riot (left) as Mohammed Azman looks on.
Ainul Hasnizam (centre) receiving the Best Employer award from Riot (left) as Mohammed Azman looks on.

The event was attended by more than 1,000 guests and delegates from 30 countries, all of whom were participants of the three-day global biennial International Forum on Disability Management (IFDM).

This is the first time the Disability Management Excellence Award is integrated within the conference, according to Socso chief executive officer Datuk Dr Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed.

“I am proud to be able to showcase some of the best practices that deserve the due recognition for their contributions.

“Disability Management in particular is not something of a simple formulation, but a lot of hard work, dedication and passion.

Visually impaired Caliph Buskers entertaining guests with famous numbers.
Visually impaired Caliph Buskers entertaining guests with some popular songs.

“We are indeed privileged to work in an industry that so positively impacts the lives of billions of people. It is an industry which has been responsible for bringing major transformation to the lives of workers who are vulnerable from injuries or illnesses,” he said.

Officiating at the event was Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem who expressed that the Government was serious about ensuring economic empowerment among people with disabilities in particular, through employment after rehabilitation.

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