Posted: 06 Aug 2010 09:24 PM PDT
DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong Dr Tan Seng Giaw calls on the Central Government including 154 local governments such as KualaLumpur City Hall (KLCH)to try the utmost to provide disabled friendly facilities like ramps and modification to raodside curbs as well as low-cost houses.
On 7.8.2010, Dr Tan atalk about some of the problems faced by the disabled in the country.
This year the national budget allocates RM224 million for the disabled. How is the allocation used to benefit the disabled? The National Housing Department builds 74,000 low-cost houses to be rented in 2010. How many are specially designed for the disabled?
The Gopvernment often talks about helping the disabled. for instance, KLCH a Portal with W3C to give web accessibility initiative (WAI), accesible to disabled persons. Apparently, there are adjustable text size, colour options, text reader like IE page reader and speech engine. some disaled organizations feel that KLCH is not so sensitive about the disabled--it forms Disabled Persons Unit (DPU, which does not have a single disabled person.
We hope that the private sector also look after the disabled. For example, Maybank is reported to allocate RM16 million for nationwide projects to make its branches more disabled friendly in keeping with its corporate social responsibilities. We wish the bank implement the project.
Local governments have to install many facilites such as ramps, modified curbs and low-cost hoses fpr the disabled.Let us hope that they including KLCH really try to provide these facilities.
Dr Tan Seng Giaw
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