Minister of Youth: It’s time to amend the Persons with Disabilities Act to close the gap | Malaysia

Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said it was time to amend the Persons with Disabilities Act 2008 to bridge the gap, in addition to providing more facilities and access to the group, especially in the wake of the pandemic of Covid-19. — photo by Bernama

SEPANG, September 6th – As Malaysians celebrate the excellent performance of the country’s athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games which ended yesterday, the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) is looking to seize the opportunity to further strengthen Agenda for People with Disabilities (PWD).

His Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said it was time to amend the Persons with Disabilities Act 2008 to bridge the gap, in addition to providing more facilities and access to the group, particularly following the Covid-19 pandemic.

To begin with, he said that important services such as welfare, banking, food and retail should be fully accessible, especially through digital services, so that people with disabilities can carry out their daily activities.

“Similarly, employment opportunities, where the policy of one per cent employment for people with disabilities in the public sector should be fully realised. I hope that the Public Service Department (PSD) can increase the number of employment opportunities for this group and I am confident that the private sector will also follow.

“Members of our Paralympic family, who are now known worldwide as “WeThe15”, who represent 15% or 1.2 billion of the world’s population, (they) must have the same rights as everyone else Malaysians. We have to take the right steps, now,” he said at a press conference to welcome the last group of the national contingent from Tokyo back to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) here today. today.

Ahmad Faizal also urged all parties to provide support to people with disabilities in terms of running sustainable small and medium enterprises (SMEs), as well as improving public facilities provided to the group.

He said it was a way for Malaysians to express their appreciation for the special group which contributed to the development of the country, besides making the nation proud.

“As a family, it is the responsibility of all parties to help people with disabilities. The role of developing Paralympic athletes should not just rest with KBS, a holistic approach for all levels of society begins with the cooperation of federal and state governments,” he explained.

The three gold and two silver medals at the Paralympic Games are Malaysia’s best achievement since participating in the first edition of the Games in 1972 in Heidelberg, Germany, surpassing the achievement of three gold medals and one of bronze at Rio 2016. — Bernama

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