Fatimah (fourth right) receives an appreciation letter from SSDeaf president Ko Ming Liang (3rd left), while the association’s advisor Albert Wong (third right) and others look on.

KUCHING: The Ministry of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development supports the call that sign language interpreters in Sarawak be paid a certain amount of fees when they are being invited to facilitate communication between hearing impaired individuals during public events.

The call was made by the Sarawak Deaf Sports Association (SSDeaf).

Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah noted there were cases when sign language interpreters were invited to facilitate at events.

“I support their call and I urged organisers who invite them for their services to pay them accordingly,” she said after receiving a courtesy call from SSDeaf at her office on Friday.

Fatimah added the payment rate for the services of sign language interpreters was being applied throughout Malaysia.

“This (paying them) will indeed help them and contribute to their wellbeing as well,” she said.

She advised the association to inform event organisers on the payment rate once they received invitation to facilitate at their events.