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By Christopher Lidom
KUCHING, Aug 19: The Sarawak Society for Parents of Children with Special Needs (Pibakat) bakery programme, Pibakat Bakery, aims to equip special needs people with the necessary skills to enable them to generate income.
Minister of Women, Early Childhood and Community Wellbeing Development Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah said living skills are essential for the empowerment of people with special needs in the economic aspect.
“Although it takes time to provide training, with perseverance, they (people with special needs) can be productive.
“Apart from Pibakat Bakery, there is also the Morning Glory Launderette which would benefit its trainees as well,” she said when visiting Pibakat Bakery located at Jalan Ridgeway, Off Jalan Ong Tiang Swee here today.
Fatimah noted that the training would be based on the individual’s abilities and capabilities.
“We acknowledge that some of our people with special needs are talented and doing well in sports. Hence, we need to train and expand their potential to a stage where they not only excel at the State level but also internationally,” she added.
Other programmes run by Pibakat include the One-Stop Early Intervention Center (OSEIC) and Pibakat Special Care to cater for severely disabled children. — DayakDaily