Monday, April 28, 2008

Fairus To Appoint Disabled Persons In His Portfolios

PENANG, April 28 (Bernama)

Penang Deputy Chief Minister Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin will appoint disabled persons in the three state portfolio committees he chairs.

Fairus who is Religious Affairs; Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development; and Information and Social Relations Committee chairman, said at least one disabled person would be appointed in each of the portfolios.

The move was to enable disabled persons get involved in the process of formulating state policies, he told reporters after the opening the new Penang branch office of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) by the Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas here Monday.

Fairus said disabled persons may have new ideas which could be of help to the state government in formulating policies to ensure that they were comprehensive.

"We have to hear their views especially on their needs to enable us to be people-friendly in our policies. I am setting the pace for my other state executive council colleagues," he said.

He said the state government also planned to open a special religious school for disabled students.

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