A senate member today proposed that the government establish a Department of Special People Affairs under the supervision of the Prime Minister's Department to ensure that the welfare of persons with disabilities (PWDs) is protected.
Senator Isaiah Jacob said the department could be a platform for the wishes and propsals of the group to be heard, thus empowering the community in this country as they are seen to be lagging behind compared to other countries.
"There are far too many issues related to PWDs, as such, the government needs to give them special focus. As the Department of Social Welfare (JKM) is burdened with several other tasks, the establishment of this department is viewed as appropriate to ensure the fundamental rights of the group are protected.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency