KUCHING: The country’s first Special Needs Community Centre (SNCC), set to be built in Sarawak, is expected to be completed by December 2025.
Revealing this, Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development (KWKPK) Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah called on the state government to allocate a 10 to 20-acre plot of land for the purpose.
“SNCC is a functional well-integrated and one-stop community centre for special needs communities under one roof, approved with a scheme value of RM55 million under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP).
“At SNCC, the whole spectrum of needs of special needs individuals (OKU), from young to adulthood is being catered for,” she said.
Fatimah said this in her welcoming address at the Welfare Micro Entrepreneurs Day (HUMK) celebration and OKU Day organised by the Social Welfare Department (JKM) at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK), here on Thursday (Nov 11).
She pointed out that SNCC would provide access to diagnosis, early intervention, primary and secondary education, vocational training, sheltered workshop, day care centre, sports and recreation and full-time residential home.
“SNCC will have a pool of professional support groups consisting of special education teachers, physiotherapists, speech therapists and occupational therapists to provide counselling and guidance for students, parents and teachers.
“Skill training, with certification where possible, is provided to equip OKUs with the necessary skills to be employable in the job market or to become self-entrepreneurs,” she added.
Fatimah added that the One Stop Early Intervention Centre (Oseic) established in Kuching and SNCC will complement each other besides being able to expand the services provided at Community-based Rehabilitation Centres (PPDKs) funded by the federal government.
In an effort to empower the OKU group, Fatimah said a total of RM9.9 million in financial assistance has been provided to 55 PPDKs located throughout the state.
“My ministry has also developed intervention and rehabilitation programmes, facilities, education and skill training, talent development, welfare and economic empowerment initiatives,” she added.