Big companies urged to provide more job opportunities for people with disabilities

BUKIT MERTAJAM (July 17): Big companies are urged to provide more employment opportunities for people with disabilities (PwDs), Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan has said.

He said the ministry was working with several large companies to help provide employment opportunities for the group, in line with the government’s aspiration to ensure no one is left behind.

This includes cooperation between the Social Security Organization (SOCSO) and Flex Penang to strengthen the placement of people with disabilities, through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Sunday July 17, he added. .

“I would like to thank Flex Penang for taking the initiative with SOCSO to provide employment opportunities to the group.

“Through this agreement, SOCSO will identify and refer persons with disabilities to Flex Penang for job opportunities or interviews. I hope more employers will emulate this proactive measure,” he told reporters after the MoU signing ceremony here.

SOCSO was represented by its Managing Director Datuk Seri Dr Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed, while Flex Penang was represented by its Vice President P. Vismanathan. During the ceremony, Saravanan also officiated the [email protected] satellite hub.

Areas of strategic collaboration under the MoU include research and teaching, career enhancement program, employment services through the MyFutureJobs portal, train-the-trainer sessions and return program. to the work of SOCSO.

Meanwhile, Viswanathan said Penang Flex has hired a total of 277 people with disabilities since 2018 and aims to hire 150 people with disabilities by the end of this year.

A PwD worker in Flex Penang, Mohd Kamal Mohd Sidek, 32, who was permanently disabled in both legs due to a traffic accident in 2016, said he worked as an operator at the plant for nine months.

He said SOCSO helped him a lot, including getting a job with Flex Penang, which provides a supportive work environment for people with disabilities.

Another production operator, Lim Guan Chooi, 35, who is deaf and mute, said he had worked there for four years and the employer treated them like other normal workers.

“I am happy to work here. They don’t treat us differently. If other employees get an award, we also get the same recognition,” he said.

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