Community Development Ministry open to suggestions on improving lives of people with disabilities

  • Nation
  • Friday, 31 May 2019

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry is open to suggestions or input on improving the well-being of people with disabilities (OKU) in Malaysia.

To this end, its minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail  and her deputy Hannah Yeoh had organised several meetings and engagement sessions with related non-governmental organisations.

"The issue of the government neglecting OKU does not arise," the ministry said in a statement Friday (May 31).

It said it was studying a memorandum submitted by OKU activists who claimed their voices were not being heard.

The ministry pointed out that the Social Welfare Department, through the Persons with Disabilities Development Department, regularly organised empowerment programmes and strived to improve its delivery of services and information to the community.

The ministry cited its Disability Equality Training programme; efforts to improve OKU registration efficiency at state and district level; Job Coaching service; and OKU Learning Subcategory Card and Independent Living programme.

"The focus of the ministry currently is to ensure participation of at least 1% of OKU in the employment sector, which the previous government failed to achieve,” it said.

On Thursday (May 30), a group of OKU activists sent a memorandum to the ministry urging the government to expedite the review of the OKU policy, enforcement of the Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities, and provisions for infrastructure. - Bernama


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