NEW MINISTER FOR WELFARE MINISTER OF MALAYSIA
Disabled Members Protest
ILTC Malaysia members staged a protest outside JPJ Wangsamaju KL.
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Minister comes under fire for disabled mindset comment
Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 09:13:00
Disabled never said they are not interested in work, says Petpositive on new Socso plan
THANASAYAN: We are disappointed with the minister’s statementHUMAN Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam has come under fire for saying a new Social Security Organisation (Socso) plan will “help change the disabled people’s mindset so they do not to depend solely on their Socso disability pension”.
“We are disappointed with the statement,” Malaysian Animal-Assisted Therapy for the Disabled and Elderly Association (Petpositive) president Anthony Thanasayan said.
“We disabled people never said we are not interested to work, or that we only want to depend on the Socso disability pension. It’s hard for a normal person to look for a job... imagine what the disabled will have to go through,” he said.
Thanasayan said the Socso plan to launch the “Return to Work” rehabilitation programme for the disabled would not be an easy task to accomplish.
However, the minister is of the opinion that the programme would help disabled people regain some of their abilities and also retrain them for new employment opportunities upon recovery.
Added Thanasayan: “The working environment should be conducive for the disabled community. It should be disabled people friendly.”