A CAMPAIGN to encourage the registration of people with disabilities will be carried out early next year.
Johor women, family and community development committee chairman Zaiton Ismail said as at November, 68,120 people with disabilities were registered with the state Welfare Department (JKM).
“The state government plans to carry out the campaign at the beginning of next year to encourage more people with disabilities to register with JKM.
“This will help us find out if there is an increase in the number of people with disabilities in Johor as well as keep data on the group updated.
“With such data, it will be easier to allocate aid and assistance to people with disabilities,” she said during the state assembly sitting at Bangunan Sultan Ismail, Kota Iskandar.
Zaiton was responding to Datuk Zulkurnain Kamisan (BN-Sri Medan), who asked the number of people with disabilities in Johor.
She said based on data, 24,268 people had physical disabilities, 23,892 with learning disabilities and 6,498 suffered from mental disabilities.
“Some 5,450 are visually impaired while 373 have speech impairment and 3,208 people have other forms of disabilities,” she said.
She said that JKM’s People with Disabilities Development Department was also looking at improving Community-Based Rehabilitation Centres (PDK) nationwide.
“The department is improving guidelines for the operation and management of PDK.
“This will also include training and rehabilitation of children with disabilities in the PDK,” she said.
On a separate matter, Johor investment, entrepreneur development, cooperative and human resource committee chairman Datuk Mohd Izhar Ahmad said more than 12,000 people in Johor had lost their jobs due to the pandemic.
“Based on the Johor Labour Department’s data, a total of 1,003 employers (739 employers last year and 264 this year) including factory owners had to cease operations because of the pandemic.
“Some 12,231 local workers were affected by the pandemic.
“According to statistics, 9,512 workers lost their jobs last year and another 2,719 were laid off this year,” he said in his winding-up speech.
He said RM5.2mil was allocated under Johor Budget 2022 to implement initiatives to upskill Johoreans.
“The initiatives are expected to benefit 1,550 individuals,” he said.