Create special trust fund to secure future of disabled, PNB urged

IN AN effort to ensure the continued well-being of autistic and other disabled (OKU) persons, especially children, Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) has been urged to create a trust fund similar to Amanah Saham Nasional (ASN) for them.

Parents Teachers Support Group chairman Datuk E. Sivabalan, who was speaking at the National Autism Society of Malaysia (Nasom) Titiwangsa Centre, said the proposed Amanah Saham Orang Kurang Upaya (Asoku) would differ from ASN in that the government would provide a matching grant.

“For every ringgit invested by parents or guardians of a disabled child, the government could match it with another ringgit,” he said at an event organised by the centre to receive contributions from PNB.

Sivabalan said the Social Welfare Department (JKM) could be roped in to assist in this project.

“JKM could channel some of the funds meant for the disabled into Asoku instead of giving all the money to them.

“Through this effort, JKM funds will serve as future savings for the disabled,” he said.

Sivabalan also proposed that capable disabled people be given the opportunity to be appointed to the board of companies in which Asoku had invested significantly.

He hoped to discuss the matter further with Orang Kurang Upaya Sentral president Senator Datuk Ras Adiba Radzi before raising it with the Women, Family and Community Development Minister.

“JKM could get disabled persons to register with the department as a condition to subscribe to Asoku, thereby encouraging more of them to register,” he said.

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