Deputy Premier affirms S’wak govt’s continued support of empowering Deaf community

Wee (front centre, in green shirt) and others in a group photo at the Sarawak Society for the Deaf (SSD) annual Christmas celebration held at a private club in Kuching on Dec 17, 2023.

KUCHING, Dec 18: Deputy Premier of Sarawak Datuk Amar Dr Sim Kui Hian has highlighted that the Sarawak government remains resolute in its commitment to supporting the Sarawak Society for the Deaf’s (SSD) initiatives for the Deaf community.

Dr Sim, who is also Sarawak Minister for Public Health, Housing, and Local Government (MPHLG), stated this in his speech, which was read by Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng, at the SSD annual Christmas celebration held yesterday (Dec 17) at a private club here.

“The Sarawak Society for the Deaf has been actively working for the Deaf community. Through education and skills development, they demonstrate the contribution of people with hearing loss and also assist those in their community in need.


“They help their community integrate with the wider world, just as they help the rest of us better understand the challenges and skills of the Deaf community. Indeed, their unwavering commitment to inclusivity and empowerment deserves our acknowledgement and support,” he said.

Dr Sim continued: “The Sarawak government remains resolute in its commitment to supporting SSD’s initiatives for the Deaf community.

“It continues striving for that same idea of social inclusivity, economic prosperity, and a sustainable environment for all.”

Furthermore, he described the event’s gathering as a testament to the unity and shared purpose that defines the community in Sarawak.

“An event like this reminds us of all we have in common. It shows us the importance of solidarity, celebrating together, and celebrating each other.

“The Deaf community is a shining example of true harmony, of Sarawak’s rich tapestry of cultures, religions, and languages, including the Malaysian Sign Language (BIM), (which is) the primary communication language for the entire Sarawak Deaf community.

“Let us continue to foster this spirit of openness and respect for all, ensuring that every voice is heard and valued,” Dr Sim added. — DayakDaily