THE Malaysian Association for the blind (MAB) has launched a new massage centre, MAB Shoppe, as part of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative by RexKL.
The MAB Shoppe in Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur is aimed at creating employment for the visually-impaired to gain skills in massage therapy.
MAB business development committee chairman Charles Chew said the centre’s concept was closely related to MAB’s aspiration to create equal opportunities for the visually-impaired.
“MAB is providing training so that they too can enjoy the same quality of life as a sighted person.
“Through this effort, hopefully it can give the community employment and teach them to be more independent.
“This is our third outlet which is an effort to help the community, following the first shop that opened in Mid Valley in 2002.
“The store is built to highlight the quality massages and reflexology services that the blind offer.
“We have certificate courses for massage and reflexology and we are doing this to provide employment or career for the community, ” said Chew.
Meanwhile, MAB general manager George Thomas said apart from providing massage and reflexology services, personnel were trained based on their interests.
“MAB is planning to upgrade this outlet with other facilities for it to be a wellness centre so that we can provide other services.
“Nowadays, we have academic training, computer training as well as handicraft courses with certificates.
“They can become more self-sufficient and we can multiply this across the types of abilities we train them for, ” said Thomas.
MAB Education Training committee chairman Dr S. Hadi Abdullah said the main objective was to create individuals who were economically independent.
“This centre is not a business for our association but to promote the visually-impaired and their capabilities.
“The income they generate goes back to them with nominal deduction for administrative costs.
“We hope people will appreciate work done by visually-impaired folk as they are capable and have the drive to be independent, ” Hadi added.
Hadi said the masseurs at the centre were professional and well-trained. They were capable of dealing with muscle pull as well as providing post-natal massage as part of the home services offered.
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