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Disabled demand more jobs in government sector

 | May 25, 2017

Currently, only 1% of the disabled are civil servants.

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KAJANG: Members of Malaysia’s disabled community are refusing to sell themselves short.

They aim to comprise 20% of graduates and 5% of the country’s professionals and decision-makers as part of their National Transformation 2050 (TN50) goals.

During a TN50 dialogue at the Dewan Perdana here tonight, a physically-challenged woman said more of the disabled should be given chances to work in the government sector by 2050.

She was responding to Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim who had said during her speech at the dialogue that only 1% of the disabled were in the civil service.

Several other disabled in the audience also declared their goals and asked to be treated fairly by society.

This was also in line with the theme of the discussion — “Inclusive community, our main aspiration”.

On a separate issue, Rohani said children should be given sex education.

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She agreed with a 17-year-old student who said sex education, if provided in schools, would help prevent cases of sexual assault.

Adding that she usually got scolded when she brought up the topic, Rohani said it was nonetheless important to educate children on the matter.

“Sex education isn’t about teaching them how to have sex. You teach them what amounts to bad touching and good touching.

“It is to teach them to be careful with family members, and even among people they don’t know.”

She said she always told parents and children to be each other’s friend as only then would they be comfortable speaking to each other about these things.

“You cannot tell them not to ask these questions.”

However, Rohani added that even without sex education, students nowadays already know about sex.

“Because you all have Mr Google… You google everything.”

She said incest was also rampant in the country, underscoring the need for the Child Sexual Crime Bill 2017, which was approved by the cabinet on March 24.

She said 70% of children had been sexually abused by people they know or by family members, which was a worrying statistic.

The session also included discussions on better facilities for the disabled and childcare services for women who worked.

Rohani said all the suggestions would be noted by her ministry.

During the discussion, the Batang Lupar MP also apologised to an audience member who had received poor treatment from the Welfare Department (JKM), where the officers had allegedly behaved like “cowboys”.

“I ask officers to not bring along their personal issues, their stress or anger when dealing with clients,” she said.

She added that she would be having a more detailed forum with today’s participants, focusing solely on children, the disabled community, women and the elderly.


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