Razi: Sarawak to adopt 1 pct OKU employment in ministries, govt departments

Razi (second right) presents a white cane to the visually-impaired recipients during the International White Cane Day celebration held at Plaza Merdeka Mall on Oct 15, 2022.

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KUCHING, Oct 15: Sarawak is in the process of adopting the one per cent OKU employment policy, says Community Wellbeing Development Deputy Minister Mohamad Razi Sitam.

The one per cent OKU employment policy refers to the recruitment of OKU (people with special needs) to fill vacancies of at least one per cent of the total posts in ministries and government departments.

“Sarawak is currently in the process of implementing a policy of hiring OKUs to work in every ministry or department at the Sarawak-level.

“Now, the policy has been implemented by the Federal government not only for the government sector, but also extended to the private sector.

“Sarawak can take this step considering that currently there are many OKU people who are highly educated and have mastered technical skills,” he said when officiating at the International White Cane Day 2022 celebration at Plaza Merdeka Mall here today.

As of Feb 28 this year, The Sarawak Social Welfare Department (JKMS) has recorded a number of 42,225 OKU people in Sarawak. Of that number, 4,828 people (11.43 per cent) were visually impaired.

Razi further said that the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government through the Ministry of Women, Childhood and Community Wellbeing Development (KPWK) also offers various assistance to OKU individuals, non-governmental organisations and associations.

Among them were Geran Pelancaran Usahawan (Entrepreneur Launch Grant) worth RM5,000 given to OKU startup entrepreneurs, OKU Employee Allowance worth RM450, Sarawak OKU Athlete Training Allowance, as well as OKU General Allowance worth RM300 from the Federal government and a complementary RM50 from the Sarawak government. — DayakDaily