Stepping up on behalf of the deaf

Rozali (white songkok) and Sideek signing the MoU. With them are (standing, from left) councillor P. David Marshel, council secretary Rosnani Mahmod and councillor Muhamad Suzuki Ahmad.

SEBERANG Prai City Council (MBSP) is enhancing its sign language interpretation services to ensure that the deaf and mute community will not be left behind.

With the signing of the second memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the council and Penang Deaf Association (PDA), mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud said more sign language interpreters would be roped in to translate speeches and other forms of verbal communication.

“This MoU is to act as a facilitator for joint ventures in providing sign language interpretation services during full council and budget meetings as well as our main programmes, ” said Rozali.

He was giving a speech after the signing ceremony at council headquarters in Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam, recently.

The MoU will be valid for two years from Jan 1 this year to Dec 31 next year.

The first MOU between the council and PDA was signed on March 21,2019.

The council started using sign language interpreters in 2017 and it was the first local authority to offer the service for the deaf and mute.

Rozali said the council’s guiding principle is that no one should be left behind.

“The council has 3,966 staff members and of that, 33 are disabled.

“Now that this MoU has been signed, PDA will train council staff to be proficient in the use of sign language, ” he added.

Rozali signed on behalf of the council while PDA was represented by its president Sideek Shahul Hamid.

The total number of deaf people registered with PDA is 1,030.

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