Welfare benefit for all visually-impaired
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said the decision was made at a meeting of the National Council for the Disabled.
"This will enable the people who fall under this category to get the same privileges enjoyed by other disabled people when they register with the Social Welfare Department," she said at a Press conference after launching the 60th Anniversary of the Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB), yesterday.
Shahrizat added local authorities throughout the nation are required to include a representative from the disabled community in their planning and development committee.
"This is part of the ministry's effort to mainstream the disabled community's issues into the development of the nation towards ensuring that Malaysia is a barrier free country."
Local authorities will be required to set up an audit access unit to ensure all public facilities are properly monitored and maintained.
Sifu says: Had a relative who became blind in one eye 20 years ago and been trying to be registered as an OKU, thank God finally , he could be registered now, Ok Hasbulah now you are an OKU officially.