KUALA LUMPUR – About 4.2 million disabled person (OKU) were found to have yet to register with the Social Welfare Department (JKM) based on the population statistics totaling 30.1 million last year.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said it was estimated about 4.5 million people were categorised as the disabled group but until Jan this year, only 341,011 OKU had registered with JKM
via the OKU Information Management System (SMOKU).
She said if a disabled person failed to register with JKM, he or she might be deprived of the opportunities from the 25 privileges granted to them by the government.
“There are three possibilities why they did not register with the JKM. Firstly, they did not know about it (registration), they knew that they are OKU but did not register and lastly they did not realise they were categorised as OKU.
“We in the ministry are always going to the ground to trace target groups who need help including the OKU group by organising roadshows, such as the ‘Suara Anda Tanggungjawab Utama’ programme,” she said after launching the “Kasoot Wheelchair” (rpt: Kasoot Wheelchair) programme, here today.
Also present was the Pertubuhan Prihatin OKU 1Malaysia president, Noorulhuda Mohamed Asli. – BERNAMA