Yeoh: Without the numbers, it will be hard to get enough funding for OKU community

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  • Saturday, 13 Oct 2018

Meeting the people: Yeoh shaking hands with an attendee after the awards ceremony. Looking on is Cheah (left).

PETALING JAYA: The low number of registered disabled persons (OKU) will affect the allocations given to this community.

Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Hannah Yeoh said without the numbers, it would be hard for her ministry to obtain enough allocations in the upcoming Budget 2019 for them.

“A lot of ministries will be fighting for budget (allocations) and the Finance Ministry will see that this (OKU) is a small group,” she said after attending the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation Scholarships and Awards Ceremony 2018.

She said there were about 470,000 registered OKU people in Malaysia as of last month.

Yeoh also spoke on the stigma against the OKU community, saying that this needed to be overcome so that more of them would register.

“A lot of parents do not want to register their children as OKU.

“Without the card, they won’t be able to access the welfare programmes, not just by the government but also the private sector,” she said.

On another matter, Yeoh said the government welcomed private corporations and foundations to provide scholarships.

Jeffrey Cheah Foundation founding trustee and Sunway University chancellor Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah said: “We have allocated a total of RM72mil in scholarships, the highest amount so far (given out in a single year). The scholarships are awarded to more than 3,000 students this year.

“This brings the total amount of scholarships to RM402mil since its inception in 2011.”

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