Less than 1 per cent of disabled Malaysians in workforce

IT is disappointing that there is less than 1 per cent of disabled workers in the workforce, said Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun.

The ministry, she said. has yet to achieve the 1 per cent policy goal set in 1988 to involve people with disabilities (OKU) in the public and private sectors.

Azizah said the ministry was formulating an action plan for OKUs from 2015-2020.

"We plan to bring this action plan to Parliament soon.

The objective for this plan is to focus on helping OKUs obtain jobs and lead a better life," said Azizah in a reply to Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Amkin (PKR-Bukit Katil).

The ministry, she said, was working with the Human Resources Ministry to come up with an effective mechanism.

"We are close to achieving this goal, but that doesn't mean this will stop, the efforts will go on," she said.

Earlier, Mas Ermieyati Samsudin (BN-Masjid Tanah) asked Azizah on complaints of embezzlement of funds in the Malaysian Association For The Blind.

"Before we approve the budget for NGOs and other organisations, we ask for their annual reports including audited reports.

"We trust them to use the funds given honestly and if there is such a complaint, do forward it to my ministry and we will look into it," Azizah replied.