‘Empower disabled group through programmes’

Faiz (left) wants the government to focus on providing programmes that can empower the disabled.

ALTHOUGH Budget 2021 has provided incentives for the disabled community, the group wants the government to offer activities to empower them.

Majlis Belia OKU Malaysia president Mohd Faiz Shusaimi, 31, said for a more sustainable living, the disabled, including the bedridden, needed programmes that could secure them jobs.

He welcomed the monthly allowance increase by RM50 for working and non-working disabled persons amounting to RM400 and RM300, respectively.

“The bedridden now receive RM500. Those with severe disabilities face a lot of challenges and they need this money, ” he added.

Faiz, however, said the government’s incentive for welfare should also be on the implementation of empowerment programmes, even for the bedridden.

“We need programmes such as financial literacy for all disabled people, including the bedridden.

“In Japan, even those who are bedridden are able to work with their limited movements. With the right help they can even be cashiers, ” he said, adding that the disabled also needed to learn to socialise. The government, Faiz said, increased the caretakers’ allowance from RM800 to RM1,200, adding that these people too need to undergo training.

Certificate for courses such as packing goods could also be introduced so they could join the workforce, he added.

Faiz hoped that under the government’s Penjana Kerjaya programme, employers would be encouraged to hire the disabled.

He added that many employers shied away from hiring the disabled as they did not know how to manage them.

Faiz urged employers to engage with the Social Welfare Department to learn about the Job Coach programme to train disabled people for jobs that match their skills and teach organisations to manage them.

He added that the disabled living in rural areas did not have access to training and the movement control order restricted them from having access to disabled-friendly devices.

“Some need to get batteries for their hearing aid which can only be found in another district. They cannot travel and have to find other means that will be even more troublesome or expensive.

“Many businesses operated by the disabled have shut down or gone bankrupt, ” he said, calling for better tailored business plans for the disabled for them to survive.

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