KOTA KINABALU: Community members in Sabah are urged to register OKU children or family members to the government via the Public Welfare Service Department offices across the state.
Sabah Minister of Community Development and Consumer Affairs, Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid, said it is to realize the government’s vision to make OKUs as part of the community and to expose them with development opportunities.
“The government is concerned with the needs and desires of OKU group especially in the aspect of confidence building,” she said during the OKU Day Celebration Ceremony at Oceanus Waterfront shopping complex.
Jainab also pointed that until October this year, 22,784 OKUs have been registered in Sabah, with 9,063 of them are from Kota Kinabalu.
“ OKU individuals have their own level of achievements, with some of them have become lawyers, teachers, skilled artisans, musicians, national athletes, and many more.
“Their achievements are the evidence of them as the country’s valuable asset,” she added.
However, she explained that the effort to develop OKUs requires cooperation of all parties and should not rest solely on the government’s shoulder.
The government, she added, has set up various welfare institutions for OKUs such as the Kimanis OKU Training and Rehabilitation Complex which has been recognized with the National Dual Training System (SLDN), where upon the completion of their course, OKU trainees will receive the Malaysian Skills Certificate.
“The government also built centres for OKU children below the age of 14 years old, which is the OKU Children Education Park in Sembua, Sandakan, Tawau, Kudat, and Beaufort.”
She also calls for private sectors to come forwards and help the group by giving them opportunities to take part in skills training and employment.
She stressed that the community must have faith that OKU group can become a productive human resource if given proper trainings and work opportunities. -SayangSabah