KUANTAN: The allocations and policies that cater to the disabled (OKU) people is proof of the government’s concern for their well-being, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
She said as of January this year, the federal government has allocated RM60.6mil for 175,156 people with disabilities under the handicapped worker’s allowance, bedridden patient’s aid and unemployed OKU aid schemes nationwide.
“In Pahang alone, the government has allocated RM3.7mil for 11,002 OKU under these schemes,” she said at the state-level Santuni Rakyat programme here yesterday.
She said the participation of the disabled in the workforce is also significant as they will not only earn income but they can also receive rehabilitation.
“In this case, I would like to thank the Pahang state secretary for achieving 0.51% rate of OKU employed in line with the 1% job opportunity for the disabled in the civil service.
“I hope this number will continue to rise and the target of 1% is achieved,” she added.
Dr Wan Azizah, who is also Women, Family and Community Development Minister, urged the private sector, especially well-known corporations in Pahang, to open up job opportunities for the disabled.
Five private companies have set up interview booths at the event.
She also said as of December last year, there were 513,519 disabled people or 1.58% of Malaysia’s population who had registered with the Social Welfare Department.
Earlier at the opening of Beserah PKR community centre, Dr Wan Azizah said she wished to see service centres of elected representatives become one-stop centres that could provide comprehensive services from government agencies.
She said the delivery of government policies must be carried out efficiently at the federal and state levels so that no community would be left out of the country’s development programmes.
“Staff at community service centres must work closely with the ministry’s agencies. Make the service centres lively with knowledge and casual activities provided there so that our presence as the Pakatan Harapan government can be felt by the local residents,” she said.
Also present at that event were Indera Mahkota MP Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, Pahang PKR chairman Fuziah Salleh and Semambu assemblyman Lee Chean Chung.
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