Year 2010

1. Kursus Asas Petugas PDK Negeri Sabah

Kursus Asas Petugas PDK Negeri Sabah was held from 15th to 19th March 2010, at Hotel Tang Dynasty Park, Kota Kinabalu.

The methodological of training includes talks, interactive discussion, case study, assignment etc.

 

2. 4th National Abilympics Competition

Ten skills have been selected and the winners will be representing Malaysia to the 8th International Abilympics competition in 2011. For 2010, the following competitions have been carried out:-

Categories

Date

Winner

Wood carving

4th   July 2010

1. Mazri bin Mohamed

Dress making (Basic)

27th  October 2010

1.   Khaeryl Azamy b. Alawi
2.   Nur As-Syhidah bt. Jonet
3.  Siti Aishah bt. Mohd. Zakri

Dress making (Advance)

27th  October 2010

 

1.   Nor Iani bt. Mohd. Yasin
2.   Seri Surwati bt. Ahmad Razaman
3.   Nurliyana bt. Badrul Hisham

Basket making

4th  December 2010

1.   Abdullah bin Awang
2.   Roslan bin Bidin
3.   Idris bin Ahmad

English-Word Processing

4th  December 2010

1.   Sumitha a/p Ramasamy
2.   Chai Wei Xiong
3.   Wong Kwee Heong

Web design

5th  December 2010

1.   Mohammad Farhan bin Kamarzaman
2.   Muhammad bin Abdullah
3. Abdul Rahman bin Abd Majid

The other competitions, i.e Photography – Outdoor, Painting, Silk Painting and Floral Arrangement will be held in year 2011.

 

3. Very Special Arts (VSA)

Being a member of VSA International in 2010 marked a beginning milestone for MCR’s effort in developing, promoting and coordinating art-related programmes for PWD, and builds a strong network between the international and local art organizations and disability community.

The Malaysia’s Persons with Disabilities Act 2008 (Act 685) gazetted on 24th January 2008 includes access to cultural life as a part of promotion and development of the quality of life and wellbeing of PWD. While, the cultural component includes their full participation in the arts and to date, there is still no specific committee appointed to develop and carry out the arts programme for PWD.

MCR seeks to fill this gap and play a crucial role to ensure that arts in all its various forms are accessible and available to PWD. In this context of creating and organizing arts related programmes for PWD, MCR had carried out the following programmes in 2010 :

1. Rhythm Dynamic Programme
– 12 sessions, held on every Tuesday started on 13th April 2010 and finished on 29th June 2010.
  

2. Gamelan Group Programme
– 16 sessions, held on every Saturday started on 8th May 2010 and finished on 28th August 2010.
 

3. Theatre and Dance Programme
– 24 sessions, held on every Thursday; starting on 3rd June 2010 and finished on 25th November 2010.
 

4. Harmonica Workshop
– It is organised in collaboration with the Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB) Harmonica Group and was held on 13th November 2010, at the MAB Hall, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur.

5. 2010 Disabled Singing & Group Dance Contest
– It was held on 27th November 2011, at Boulevard, Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur.
 

4. Rehabilitation Conference Committee

The MCR has successful organised a 3rd Malaysian Conference on Rehabilitation (also known as Persidangan Pemulihan Orang Kurang Upaya 1Malaysia) from 20th to 22nd September 2010, held in Dewan Tun Dr. Ismail, Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur.

The theme is ‘Memperkasakan Ekonomi OKU Menerusi Akta OKU 2008’ and the objectives are:-

1. To increase awareness of participants on the rights of Persons with Disabilities (PWD) through PWD Act 2008 and UN Convention of Rights of PWD.

2. To deliberate on ways to implement Section 29, PWD Act 2008; Access to Employment.

3. To encourage application of ‘person-centred evaluation and planning’ concept throughout discussions on economic empowerment for persons with disabilities.

The conference was officiated YB Senator Dato’ Sri Sharizat Abd. Jalil; Minister of Women, Family and Community Development. The closing was held on 22nd September 2010 and a conference resolution was presented to YBhg Dato’ Dr. Noorul Ainur bin Mohd. Nur; Secretary General of Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development.

The resolution of the 3rd Malaysian Conference on Rehabilitation 

The Resolution

1. The Resolutions attained at the previous Conference should be studied to ascertain the extent to which follow-up action had been done, whether action plans and monitoring have been undertaken.2. When a Conference shifts its focus from a varied and general coverage to a specific and in-depth one, participants must come prepared with background knowledge of the theme of the Conference, so that there would not be a disparity and contradiction of information which might confuse and waste time in efforts at finding reconciliation.3. MCR should be given the opportunity to represent all the NGOs which are affiliated to it in all dealings with the Ministry, so that the setting up of standards and the giving of assistance would be done judiciously. There are 22 NGOs which are affiliated to MCR, of which 18 are registered with the Department of Welfare. There are many more associations which have links with the Ministry’s target groups, but which are not registered. Close cooperation between MCR and the Ministry would ensure the collective strength of all those groups which are interested in issues of Persons with Disabilities (PWD), by being on one platform which brings benefit to all.4. The Competency approach should be utilised for establishing a Standard Evaluation of the levels of knowledge, skills, attitudes and characteristics of all those persons concerned in the implementation of the ‘Economic Empowerment Programme (EEP)’ of the PWDs, so that accurate actions could be undertaken by organizations with the PWDs, within the guidelines and principles of ‘Person-Centred-Plannning’, ‘Job-Placement’ and ‘Job-Coaching’.5. Innovative Packages should be devised to enable the use of a common approach, but still with encouragement for creativity in dealing with various needs of PWDs.6. An Information Network, using innovative technological approaches in all activities, should be established. By exploring the use of Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) Instruments for example, the sharing of information and consequently the saving of time could be achieved in repeatable tasks.7. The largest group of PWD is that of intellectual disabilities, a high percentage of whom are children and youth. PWD of learning disabilities need a whole system of support be it job placement officers, job coach, mentors at work place and job instructions made simple in picture or graphics form. An approach which provides technolgy-based support systems which have been proven suitable, accurate and reputed to be highly successful, must be established. The use of Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) Instruments as enshrined in the AKTA OKU 2008 (AKTA685) is one technological approach which has been ascertained useful and ought to be accepted.

8. Research and Development ought to be undertaken with smart partnerships with institutions of higher learning which are rich in expertise and other resources, which could contribute to the derivation of accurate and up-to-date facts, which can further be the basis for the formulation of policies on the upgrading of services for PWDs.

9. The centralisation of activities by small-scale entrepreneurs could achieve ‘Economies of Scale’. It would consolidate or enhance opportunities for marketing, accuracy of monetary management, training, job opportunities, and certainty of returns on investment of resources. The Ministry should seize opportunities for providing services in training, the giving of loans, and mentoring, such as those being provided by MARA, Banks and other institutions involved in the development of ‘Small and Medium Enterprise (SME)’ by means of smart partnerships between Ministries and the Private Sector. This will enable the shift of the ‘EEP’ from ‘Charity-based’ to one that is ‘Social-Enterprise-based’.