PETALING JAYA: The government's plan to rightsize the civil service will not affect the 1% employment quota set aside for persons with disabilities (PWDs), says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
The government will continue to preserve these posts for the PWDs, as it aims to recruit more differently-abled people, said Dr Wan Azizah, who is also Women, Family and Community Development Minister.
In line with the 11th Malaysia Plan, Dr Wan Azizah said it was her fervent hope that all PWDs were supported and encouraged to participate in shaping the nation's development.
"No... (rightsizing of the civil service would not affect the 1% quota), because we want to hire more of them.
"Now, our plan is to fill up the quota for the PWDs in the civil service, and we have taken measures towards this end.
"There are currently still empty posts, so we want the positions specified for the PWDs to be filled up first," she told reporters after attending the Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB) excellence achievement award for the blind and visually impaired persons 2017/2018 here on Saturday (April 20).
In February this year, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad spoke in favour of downsizing the 1.7 million civil service force of the country.
Earlier in her speech at the event, Dr Wan Azizah said that as of the end of 2018, a total of almost 3,800 PWDs, or 0.031%, had been appointed to a range of positions in the civil service.
"From 700 applications received, only two visually impaired persons were successfully appointed," said Dr Wan Azizah.
She also revealed that her ministry had surpassed the 1% target, with PWDs taking up 144 out of the 8,138 posts available in the ministry.
"The Defence Ministry came in second with 0.98% of posts filled by PWDs, while the Terengganu State Secretariat Office is in third place at 0.97% posts filled," she said.
The policy on the 1% intake of PWDs in the public sector was introduced in 1988 and implemented through Service Circulars in 2008 and 2010.
At the event, 38 outstanding blind and visually impaired individuals received excellence awards for their achievements in the field of education, sports, music and entrepreneurship.