Wednesday, September 09, 2009

HR Minister Under Fire From Petpositive For Mindset Comment - malay mail

Minister comes under fire for disabled mindset comment

Disabled never said they are not interested in work, says Petpositive on new Socso plan
Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 09:13:00

THANASAYAN: We are disappointed with the minister’s statement

HUMAN Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam has come under fire for saying a new Social Security Organisation (Socso) plan will “help change the disabled people’s mindset so they do not to depend solely on their Socso disability pension”.

“We are disappointed with the statement,” Malaysian Animal-Assisted Therapy for the Disabled and Elderly Association (Petpositive) president Anthony Thanasayan said.

“We disabled people never said we are not interested to work, or that we only want to depend on the Socso disability pension. It’s hard for a normal person to look for a job... imagine what the disabled will have to go through,” he said.

Thanasayan said the Socso plan to launch the “Return to Work” rehabilitation programme for the disabled would not be an easy task to accomplish.

However, the minister is of the opinion that the programme would help disabled people regain some of their abilities and also retrain them for new employment opportunities upon recovery.

Added Thanasayan: “The working environment should be conducive for the disabled community. It should be disabled people friendly.”

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‘Get the disabled involved in the scheme’

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 09:22:00

S. JEYARAJ, 31, a committee member of the Independent Living and Training Centre, is disabled and wheelchair bound due to an occupational injury.

The accident happened on Jan 3, 2006, when he was working as an engineering technician in Singapore. The incident dislocated his spinal bone and he became paralysed.

“This kind of programme is definitely welcome and will surely benefit the disabled. However such programmes are not something easily conducted and the organisation that runs it must take it seriously,” Jeyaraj said.

According to him, it is important to decide who will be the managers handling the programmes.

“I’m sure the programme will be more successful when the disabled people themselves are involved in running them. They must also carefully choose those who really need such programmes.”

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