KOTA KINABALU – The Community-based Rehabilitation Centre in Kota Kinabalu desperately need a new place as the current centre in Taman Jaya Likas cannot accommodate more trainees.
Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister Datuk Edward Yong Oui Fah suggested that a new CBR centre need to be built around Sepanggar or Inanam area.
“As the number of children registered with the Kota Kinabalu Community-based Rehabilitation Centre is continuously rising, I believe it is timely to open a new CBR centre,” he said in his speech at the Chinese New Year Celebration and presenting allowance to trainees in Kota Kinabalu Community-based Rehabilitation Centre at Taman Jaya Likas, here today.
The Kota Kinabalu CBR Centre was registered in 1995 and now has a total of 145 special children currently undergoing training and rehabilitation with nine trainers in the centre.
“The existing CBR centre is too cramped for trainees which is unacceptable. We also have more than 500 trainees who are still in the waiting list,” he said.
Edward also urged the community surrounding as well as private companies for their support in taking care of special children.
Last year, the Kota Kinabalu CBR Centre was allocated RM203,600 to cover its operational and administration cost. – By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah