Praise for helping the disabled

Shoppers checking out the clothes on sale at the PPDK Community Entrepreneurial and Cultural Programme at Mydin Mall. — Photos: LIM BENG TATT/The Star

PENANG Welfare Department received praise from Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow for organising entrepreneurial and cultural programmes under its community-based rehabilitation centres (PPDK).

He said the initiatives helped the disabled to improve their skills and be more independent.

“PPDK is a grassroots organisation that helps them receive basic training while getting assistance from the Welfare Department.

“Perhaps the proceeds from the sales of products and services provided through the programmes can be a source of income for the disabled, ” he said.

He was speaking to reporters after launching the state-level ‘Jom Daftar Taska dan Pusat Jagaan’ in conjunction with the PPDK Community Entrepreneurial and Cultural Programme at Mydin Mall Bukit Mertajam in Prai.

Earlier in his speech, Chow said that community involvement was crucial in ensuring the success of Penang Vision 2030.

“As for the registration of care centres for adults and children, I hope the operators will abide by the requirements of the Care Centres Act 1993 and Child Care Centres Act 1984 to be more effective and efficient.”

He said 91 care centres and 39 childcare centres located all over the state had not yet registered.

“We hope entrepreneurs and operators will register their businesses to enjoy the 90% discount under the Nursery Whitening programme that will end by June this year, ” he said.

State welfare director Shaballah Zainal Abidin said there were 25 PPDKs in the state benefitting 1,033 trainees.

He said the ‘One Product PPDK’ initiative is now available in Penang and is expected to significantly empower disabled people in generating income with the guidance of committed supervisors and staff

Also present were exco members Phee Boon Poh and Dr Afif Bahardin along with Mydin northern region director Datuk Dr Saduruddin Gulam Husen.

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