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2017 Budget: More needs to be done for disabled, say groups

2017 Budget: More needs to be done for disabled, say groups


BY SUZANNA PILAY - 23 OCTOBER 2016 @ 11:20 AM


KUALA LUMPUR: From the perspective of people with disabilities (PWDs), the 2017 Budget is not much different from the 2016 Budget, despite minor adjustments. 

Independent: Living and Training Centre Malaysia (ILTC) president G. Francis Siva said most of the PWDs were cared for by their family members or home caretakers.

The procedural changes in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) relief meant they were no longer required to produce a letter from a registered disabled association or a medical officer or doctor to get tax exemptions on medical equipment like wheelchairs and walking frames.

“The RM535 million allocation to PWDs does not mention any specific increment for the disabled, or even PWDs who are working and earning salaries of RM1,200 and below. “Those in the latter group receive only RM350 from the government and there is no change in this allowance.

“It would be great if the allowance for PWDs is increased as most of them are unemployed and struggling to survive,” he said. 

The GST waiver for selected equipment like wheelchairs and walking frames, he said, would help with one-time expenses for the initial purchase of such items. 

“However, a wheelchair can last five years. PWDs actually rely on daily necessities that are costly, such as diapers, urine bags and catheters, which are not tax-exempted. 

“Additionally, an allowance increase is needed for PWDs who cannot work and support themselves. An allowance of RM500 would be ideal as they need more help. 

“Schools and public areas should also be upgraded and be made more accessible to PWDs,” he said. 

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