10,000 pub­lic sec­tor jobs for the dis­abled by 2020, says min­istry

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MALACCA: Some 10,000 po­si­tions in the pub­lic sec­tor will have to be filled by peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties by 2020, said Deputy Women, Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Datuk Az­izah Mohd Dun.

She said in the 11th Malaysia Plan, cov­er­ing a pe­riod of five years start­ing this year, the gov­ern­ment had set a tar­get of 1% of peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties to be em­ployed in the pub­lic sec­tor, which in­volves 16,000 of the 1.6 mil­lion pub­lic ser­vice po­si­tions avail­able.

Of the 16,000 po­si­tions, she said, only 13,000 jobs were suit­able for the group as other po­si­tions in the po­lice and mil­i­tary force had spe­cific re­quire­ments.

“More than 3,000 pub­lic sec­tor po­si­tions have been filled and we will con­sult var­i­ous par­ties to en­sure that the re­main­ing quota is com­pletely taken up by the group,” she told a press con­fer­ence here.

She was speak­ing af­ter the launch of the Em­pow­er­ment of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties Ac­tion Plan Road­show 2016-2017 for the South Zone at Sta­dium Hang Je­bat, Krubong, here. Also present was Malacca Women, Fam­ily De­vel­op­ment and Wel­fare Af­fairs Com­mit­tee chair­man Datuk Lati­pah Omar.

Com­ment­ing on the 2016-2017 ac­tion plan, Az­izah said it was launched on Aug 9 and the co­op­er­a­tion of var­i­ous par­ties, es­pe­cially the pri­vate sec­tor and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, was im­por­tant to en­sure its suc­cess.

She said it was im­por­tant for the pri­vate sec­tor to pro­vide dis­abled-friendly fa­cil­i­ties in pub­lic ar­eas such as at shop­ping cen­tres and ho­tels.

The pri­vate sec­tor had also re­sponded pos­i­tively by hir­ing more dis­abled peo­ple.

She hoped more peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties would be given equal op­por­tu­ni­ties. – Ber­nama

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