Thursday, May 8, 2008

CM: Equal opportunities for the disabled - The Star

May 8, 2008

THE Penang Government has shown its sincerity to give equal opportunities to the ‘orang kelainan upaya’ (people with different capabilities) through appointing them in several government portfolios.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the appointment of Lim Kah Cheng as a Penang municipal councillor has proven the state’s stand in allowing fair treatment to all, including the disabled group that had been marginalised in the past.

“A few others (OKU) will be picked to fill in several portfolios soon,” he said.

Relief for tired feet: Lim talking to a blind masseur at the Wellness Centre. Looking on are Abdul Rahman and consort Toh Puan Majimor Shariff.

Quoting wheelchair-bound DAP national chairman Karpal Singh as an example, Lim said many disabled people have proven that despite their physical limitations, they could be successful.

“You may not have the sight but you have the vision, you may not have eyes but you can see,” he said in his speech after attending the opening of St Nicholas’ Home Wellness Centre yesterday.

Launched by the Penang Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas, the wellness centre is providing professional training to the blind to become masseurs and facilitate them to find jobs at massage centres.

The centre was set up with a RM118,800 donation from the Toyota Classics programme undertaken by UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd

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