UNDP lauds Johor for creating jobs for disabled
By FARIK ZOLKEPLI
JOHOR BARU: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has lauded Johor’s commitment to increase employability for the disabled by being the first state in the country to form a People with Disabilities Employment Unit.
UNDP Malaysia assistant resident representative James George Chacko said the state government was able to create a bridge between the disabled and employers by being the first state to form such a unit.
He added that the pilot project, which started last year, would be able to create more job opportunities for them in the public and private sectors.
Powerful message: Abdul Ghani looking at some exhibits during the National Conference on Employment and Disability in Johor Baru yesterday. Accompanying him is Social Welfare Department director-general Datuk Meme Zainal Rashid
“It has also broken down barriers for disabled people in seeking employment,” he told a press conference after the launch of the National Conference on Employment and Disability here yesterday
Meanwhile, Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, who launched the seminar, said the unit, had so far, managed to supply jobs to 11 disabled people in the Johor Baru City Council and for five people at the Carrefour hypermarket here.
“The unit is also working with other local councils towards creating employment for disabled people,” he said.
Abdul Ghani added that the unit has two job coaches, who were committed towards ensuring employability for the disabled.
Job coaches are those who assist the disabled in their job training and daily work.
He said it aimed to increase the number of job coaches and there were plans to place the disabled with jobs which were nearer to their homes to minimise inconvenience.
Abdul Ghani said tax incentives were also offered to private companies in order to encourage them to hire disabled individuals.