Council urges government to enforce Act

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Seated from left: Jimmy Siang, Annuar, Donald while standing from left are Ishak, Julius and Rapelson.

KUCHING: Sarawak Special Children Council (MANIS) is urging both the state and federal governments to enforce the Persons with Disabilities Act 2008.

Its protem president Rapelson Richard Hamid said in a statement issued on Sunday (Oct 18) that this was to ensure that children with special needs will be given attention.

“The establishment of this council is a collaborative initiative spearheaded by Sarawak Special Children Association (Perais), Sarawak Society of The Disabled (POCS), Kuching Spinal Injury Association (Kusia) and Sarawak Society for the Blind Kuching Branch.

“Through the council, the state government can be advised on the legislation of the Act to ensure violators can be charged under the right law and thus, safeguarding the rights of these children,” said the statement.

He also said that his committee will pay a courtesy call on the relevant ministry to handover the resolution.

“The resolution will stress on issues related to social affairs including education, economy, infrastructure and accessibility, social, socio-economic and legal issues.

“The resolution will also to be read out to Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) and other related agencies.

“Therefore, we encourage other associations and clubs serving the disabled to join our effort,” he added.

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