Welfare Dept hiring enough disabled people: The Star – July 29, 2009

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Welfare Dept hiring enough disabled people

kUALA LUMPUR: Only the Welfare Department in the public sector has managed to achieve the 1% quota of jobs set aside for the disabled.

Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Maznah Mazlan said that 1.8% of the Welfare Department’s staff were disabled people.

“The Government is already hiring people with disabilities but the public sector has yet to fulfil the 1% quota.

“Other departments need to increase employment of people with disabilities,” she told reporters after launching a job placement campaign for the blind and visibly impaired at the Malaysian Association for the Blind here yesterday.

Maznah said the ministry would also propose to the Government for the existing 1% quota of jobs for the disabled to be extended to the private sector.

She said this year, the ministry had managed to find jobs for 7,482 disabled people, 788 of whom were blind and visually impaired.

“That is about 70% of the 10,699 disabled people who have registered to find jobs with the ministry,” she said, adding however that there was still room for improvement.

Maznah said the ministry was also working on making its employment portal www.jobsmalaysia.gov.my more user-friendly to the disabled.

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