Addressing needs of the disabled

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 10 Apr 2019

Prabakaran (white shirt) answering questions from the community and KGKU members after the question-and-answer session.

MEMBERS of the Disabled Community People’s Club (KGKU) had a worthwhile meeting with government authorities regarding the problems they faced.

Among queries raised at the meeting were the monthly allowance and privileges provided to the disabled community, as well as their ease to use public transport.

Present at the question-and-answer session held at the community hall in Jalan Bachang, Kuala Lumpur, were Batu MP P. Prabakaran, officers from the Social Welfare Department (JKM) and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), KGKU president Gobi Harikrishnasamy and KGKU members.

Gobi said the members wanted to meet with the authorities to find solutions to their many problems.

“When I contacted the authorities, they were receptive and asked me to arrange the place and time for the meeting,” said Gobi.

He said one of the requests by KGKU members was the increase in monthly allowance for the disabled as promised by the new government.

“We hope JKM can continue the allowance for people with disabilities without going through the renewal process, so they do not need to travel to the JKM office,” said Gobi.

KGKU is now in its 17th year and has helped almost 200 disabled people nationwide regardless of race, he added.

In his speech, Prabakaran advised KGKU members to register for the OKU card to receive its full benefits.

“The government will try its best to provide a conducive environment for the disabled to live,” he said.

Prabakaran also promised to give full cooperation towards KGKU’s programmes in the future.

JKM Kuala Lumpur disabled people and senior citizen department division head Jaya Raman informed the disabled community of the many benefits of the OKU card.

“Among the benefits are aid to buy equipment such as white cane and Braille machine, allowance for workers and non-workers, community-based rehabilitation and counselling sessions.

“Counselling sessions are available from 8am to 5pm with 10 professional counsellors,” said Jaya.

He added that the department receives an average of 400 cases a month and was ever ready to help the needy.

KGKU member Baskaran Balakrishnan joined the club two years ago.

“I have had physical disability for a long time ago and applied for the OKU card two years ago,” he said.

His wife Jamuna Devi said Gobi introduced the club to her.

“One day, Gobi asked my husband why stay at home and do nothing, and advised him to register as a club member,” she said.

Jamuna added that the club was a good platform for the disabled to socialise as well as to guide them.

She hoped the government would help the needy as the high cost of living was making it difficult to make ends meet.

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