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