KOTA BARU, April 11 — The Barisan Nasional (BN) government is always sensitive to human capital development including the needs of disabled people (OKU).
Welfare Association of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers (Bakti) president Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor said in formulating the development policies of the country, the government had adopted an inclusive approach and did not marginalised this special group.
“In fact, the government recognises them as part of the human capital capable of contributing to the development of the country across various fields. This is shown with improved access to education, employment opportunities and stronger socio-economic standing of OKU in the past 10 years,” she said when speaking at a Hari Raya Aidilfitri Contribution Presentation to disabled people at Universiti Sains Malaysia in Kubang Kerian here today.
Also present was Association of Wives of Kelantan Barisan Nasional Elected Representatives and Government Officers (Penawar) president Datin Seri Khamarzan Ahmad Meah.
At the ceremony, Rosmah presented Hari Raya contributions to 600 disabled children from 44 Kelantan Community Rehabilitation Programme (PDK) centres organised by Semai Bakti Programme and Penawar apart from launching a book on Visit Guide to Homes of Special Children.
Rosmah also handed RM10,000 Aidilfitri contribution to be distributed by Penawar to disabled children registered with the state Welfare Department
She said the protection of disabled people continued to be strengthened under the 2050 National Transformation (TN50) beside government assistance amounting to RM100 million in Budget 2018 as well as tax deduction for employers who employed disabled people.
“Clearly, under the BN government, the rights of the disabled people were protected with various initiatives as well as empowering this special group,” she said.
Through the Semai Bakti programme, she said Bakti had never failed to organise its traditional annual programme to give new clothes and raya money to special children in all states.
She said even though the contribution was not big, it was hoped it could bring cheers to some of the special children to celebrate Hari Raya.
Meanwhile Rosmah also presented Bakti contribution to 20 disabled students of Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) here for them to celebrate Aidilfitri this year. — Bernama