A realistic bill, says Shahrizat: The Star – December 19, 2007


Wednesday December 19, 2007

A realistic bill, says Shahrizat

PROVISIONS included in the Persons With Disability Bill 2007 were those which could be implemented for the disabled, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said.

“We do not want to have a bill which is nice to look at but can’t be implemented. This is a realistic bill for the disabled.”

She was replying to points raised during the debate on the bill.

Shahrizat said the Persons With Disability Bill 2007, which was later passed, was the ministry’s way to fulfil its pledge to the disabled.

She said the bill took into account the needs in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Disabled and was also in line with the national policies and action plan to ensure that the disabled lived freely and had equal rights.

She said Malaysia would sign the convention in February.

On the issue of compulsory registration of the disabled, Shahrizat said making it compulsory would be a violation of their rights.

“We respect those who do not wish to register. Perhaps one day they will be comfortable with it and then come forward to do so,” she said in encouraging them to do so.

Up to June, a total of 209,208 persons with disability were registered with the Welfare Department.

On punishment for those who breached a disabled person’s rights, Shahrizat said the bill was not punitive in nature.

“There are by-laws which we can use to take action for non-compliance,” she said.

On whether mentally ill patients were included in the bill, Shahrizat said the ministry was still in discussion with Health Ministry over the matter.

Earlier when debating the bill, Wong Nai Chee (BN – Kota Melaka) expressed disappointment that an anti-discrimination law against the disabled was not included.

“I suggest having another bill for the disabled, namely an anti-discrimination bill to protect their rights,” he said.

Author: Peter Tan

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One thought on “A realistic bill, says Shahrizat: The Star – December 19, 2007”

  1. Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said.“We do not want to have a bill which is nice to look at but can’t be implemented. This is a realistic bill for the disabled.”

    So what have we, the disabled actually got?

    Well, in my opinion we have got nothing, since the Persons With Disability Bill 2007, lacks teeth and seems to be just a token Bill, which has been passed solely to pretend that something is being done for the disabled.

    The introduction of a blind person as a Senator, also is apparently ‘just for show’, Ismail is going to have to be 100% busy if there is a glimmer of hope for the disabled, Ismail however does not, going by his performance in the past, seem to be the right man for the job, unless he was put there just to be a compliant “Yes-man”

    Mr. Wong Nai Chee (BN – Kota Melaka) was the only MP who seemed to be on the right wavelength.
    Thank you Mr. Wong.

    I share your sentiments. Will go through the Persons with Disabilities Bill and blog about it soon.

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