Sabah has approximately 27, 981 registered citizens with special needs as of September this year, according to Minister of Community Development and Consumer Affairs Datuk Jainab Ayid.
“This figure is estimated to be higher as we are aware that there are many more who have not registered with the Ministry,” she said during her winding up speech at the State Assembly on Wednesday.
Jainab stressed the need for individuals with special needs to register so that they will be able to enjoy the numerous facilities and services available to them including a 50 percent discount on flight tickets for travels within the State, free medical treatments at government hospitals, and road tax exemptions on national cars.
The Ministry is also looking to expand the amenities available to those with disabilities, including the building of kindergartens for special needs children throughout the State, Jainab said.
“The building of six additional quarters at the special needs kindergarten in Lahad Datu and two additional quarters at the kindergarten in Beaufort have already been completed this year,” she said.
The special needs kindergarten in Sembulan will be rebuilt with additional multi-storey quarters next year.
The Minister urged parents who have children with special needs to come forward and register their children at the Welfare Services Department as soon as possible.