Ras Adiba wants sign language to be third language in Malaysia

Group chat: Ras Adiba (left) with recipients after the ceremony to provide them with wheelchairs at Batu Gajah near Ipoh. — Bernama

BATU GAJAH: A Dewan Negara senator, appointed to represent persons with disabilities, plans to raise the issue of introducing sign language as a third language at the upcoming Senate meeting.

Ras Adiba Radzi said the move was to facilitate communications between the disabled community and all sections of society, making Malaysia a disabled-friendly country.

“The approach is to have it implemented at the nursery, school and tertiary institution levels so that by the time they graduate, they will be able to communicate with the disabled while at work,” she said.

The former television personality was met by reporters at a ceremony to hand over wheelchairs to 51 recipients living around Batu Gajah, courtesy of Suara Rakyat Malaysia Foundation, yesterday.

Ras Adiba, who was sworn in as senator on May 20, said she would also work towards seeking employment opportunities for the group in all sectors, including public service.She said special training programmes would be carried out in collaboration with government agencies, including the Social Welfare Department and non-governmental organisations in efforts to help the disabled group to enhance their employability skills.

The senator also called for stricter enforcement by local authorities on those who abuse the special privileges of the disabled, especially the parking spaces allocated to them.

“It is important to be strict to raise public awareness as many are still parking at lots meant for the disabled,” she said.— Bernama

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