Better access to jobs and perks for the disabled

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 13 Sep 2003

A HOST of benefits awaits the disabled in the country, with their income ceiling raised from RM500 to RM750. 

As a measure to ensure their access to job opportunities, the Government has allocated 1% of public service posts to them and the Human Resources Ministry will set up a special unit to help them secure jobs. 

To help ease the burden on parents with disabled children, the Government is giving a monthly allowance of RM25 to each disabled student in primary and secondary schools. 

PROMISING: The Budget is giving the disabled reasons to look forward to 2004 with optimism.

For the disabled in institutions of higher learning, the present monthly allowance of RM300 per person to those with impaired hearing would be extended to them. 

A special fund of RM10mil would be established for the disabled suffering from chronic diseases. (In last year’s Budget, a RM100mil fund was set up to finance treatment for those suffering from chronic diseases.) 

In view of the declining job opportunities for the visually impaired as typists, stenographers and telephone operators, the Government would help them obtain financing from micro-credit schemes to develop their skills as entrepreneurs and offer them suitable sites to start a business. 

The Government would bear the full expense for the purchase of white canes and Braille machines for the visually impaired. 

A pioneer ICT resource centre would be established in Sungai Buloh, Selangor, to train the visually and hearing impaired in ICT skills. 

Priority would be given to the disabled in the lower income group to buy and own low and medium-cost houses from Syarikat Perumahan Negara Bhd at a 20% discount. 

To reduce the cost of transport for the disabled, Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd would give a 50% discount on travel fares.  

The Government has also exempted the disabled from paying road tax on locally made cars, vans and motorcycles they own.  

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