SEVEN companies including Intel Technology Sdn Bhd and Prudential Assurance (M) Bhd were at the Setia SPICE Convention Centre in Relau, Penang, to help the disabled find work.
The fourth OKU Jobs Fair held over the weekend was organised by Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy together with Jawatankuasa MMK Pembangunan Modal Insan Pulau Pinang.
Bagan Dalam assemblyman Satees Muniandy, who represented Ramasamy on Saturday, said there were 487,904 disabled people registered with the state.
“Many of them are on social welfare and their monthly allowance of RM300 is not enough for them to support their family so the state has decided to help them find jobs.
“Society must get rid of the mindset that the disabled are not able to work.
“They are just as capable as others and I am sure that they will excel if given the chance.”
Satees added that many OKU folk were degree or diploma holders who could contribute positively to society like English theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author Stephen Hawking.
“I hope more private companies can hire the OKU as part of their corporate social responsibility.”
An Intel spokesman at the fair said they welcomed OKU job seekers to apply for positions in the multi-national company.
“We treat the OKU as normal job applicants and they can be hired to work in human resources or accounts as long as they have the qualifications and experience.”
Spotted at the fair were deaf and mute polytechnic students Muhammad Syafiq Noorul Ameen, 24, Muhammad Syafiq Norhasdi, 26, and Suziela Che Roshidi, 24.
They were at the Intel Technology booth to check out the jobs available.
Muhammad Syafiq Norhasdi said he was looking for a civil engineering position.
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