Need to im­prove dis­abil­ity man­age­ment

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia needs to im­prove its dis­abil­ity man­age­ment, es­pe­cially re­lat­ing to co­or­di­na­tion be­tween agen­cies for dis­abled work­ers.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi urged the So­cial Se­cu­rity Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Socso) to take the lead and work with the var­i­ous min­istries and agen­cies on the mat­ter.

“Al­though so­cial se­cu­rity agen­cies have pro­vided a com­pre­hen­sive and ex­ten­sive safety net, a sin­gle (plat­form) of ser­vice that links all avail­able fa­cil­i­ties is needed to syn­chro­nise all fa­cil­i­ties for the dis­abled.”

Ah­mad Zahid was speak­ing at the launch of the In­ter­na­tional Fo­rum on Dis­abil­ity Man­age­ment at the Kuala Lumpur Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

Also present were Hu­man Re­sources Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Richard Riot and Socso chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Dr Mo­hammed Az­man Aziz Mo­hammed.

Ah­mad Zahid sug­gested so­cial se­cu­rity or­gan­i­sa­tions have a “Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence for Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and Preven­tion” to ben­e­fit all in knowl­edge­shar­ing and in­te­grate more re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices in the coun­try.

“Be­sides strength­en­ing and en­hanc­ing so­cial pro­tec­tion in the coun­try, Malaysia will ben­e­fit by es­tab­lish­ing var­i­ous strate­gic part­ner­ships and bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion with prom­i­nent uni­ver­si­ties and prac­ti­tion­ers of dis­abil­ity man­age­ment around the world through re­search and de­vel­op­ment, knowl­edge trans­fer and in­no­va­tion,” he said.

Ah­mad Zahid stressed that so­cial se­cu­rity mech­a­nisms were an im­por­tant pol­icy tool to en­sure work­ers and their fam­i­lies are pro­tected from so­cioe­co­nomic changes.

He also com­mended Socso’s “Re­turn to Work Pro­gramme” that had as­sisted 14,701 work­ers with in­juries to re­turn to work.

Ah­mad Zahid look­ing at a pros­thetic leg used by tech­ni­cian Mohd Khairy Ab­dul Rah­man, 37, at the fo­rum yes­ter­day.

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