PETALING JAYA: Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil has called for a “barrier-free” environment to cater to the needs of the disabled community.
She said the ministry would rigorously defend the rights of the disabled.
“The requests for more disabled-friendly public transport facilities should not be taken lightly,” she said in a statement.
“All authorities involved in the handling and provision of, among other things, public transport, recreational parks and buildings must take into account the needs of all members of society, including the disabled.
“It is time that a ‘barrier-free’ environment be realised for the benefit of the whole of society.”
Shahrizat added that the ministry held talks with the Housing and Local Government Ministry in July to discuss the efforts taken to provide access and mobility for the disabled.
She added that a joint working paper between the two ministries was submitted during the national council meeting for local government, chaired by the Prime Minister, on Sept 25.