KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 3): Five Paralympic athletes have received a special award in conjunction with the International Day of Persons With Disabilities (PWD).
The award was in recognition of their achievement in winning medals at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.
The athletes are gold medallists Bonnie Bunyau Gustin (powerlifting), Cheah Liek Hou (badminton) and Abdul Latif Romly (long jump) as well as silver medallists Jong Yee Khie (powerlifting) and Chew Wei Lun (boccia).
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri presented the awards to the athletes at the Majlis Malam Kasih OKU Keluarga Malaysia here on Friday (Dec 3) night.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim and OKU Sentral president Senator Datuk Ras Adiba Radzi attended the event.
Meanwhile, Bonnie's father, Gustin Jenang, 54, received the Ibu Bapa Mithali OKU award, which is a recognition of the sacrifices of parents in taking care of children with disabilities, thus successfully contributing to the empowerment of PWD in the country.
The Award for Policy of One% PWD in the public service was awarded to the Women, Family and Community Development; National Unity; Defence; and Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Ministries, for successfully ensuring that more PWD are given space and opportunities to work in the public sector.
Three Community Based Rehabilitation Centres namely Seri Malindo, Melaka; Miri, Sarawak; and Wakaf Tapai, Terengganu each received the Excellent PDK Award for their efforts and commitment regarding management, administration, rehabilitation, learning, training and job placement of trainees.
Five private companies received the Caring Employer Award, namely QSR Brands (M) Holdings Bhd; Lotus's Stores (M) Sdn Bhd; Perusahaan Saudee Sdn Bhd; Extramil Export Industry Sdn Bhd and The Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookie Corp (M) Sdn Bhd in recognition of their strong support by employing PWD through the Job Coach service provided by the Social Welfare Department. – Bernama