FMT LETTER: From V Murugeswaran, via e-mail
I refer to the recent statement made by the premier that the private sector has five years to ensure that women make up at least 30% of those in decision-making positions.
I welcome the initiative and support the view women with excellent track record should be given the opportunity to fill in high rank positions in GLCs.
As much as I was happy to hear such vision of the government, I wondered what has happened to the long established vision of the government to allocate 1% job opportunity for disabled individuals in the public sector.
The announcement was made years ago, and it has remained till today as an announcement. I have yet to see any campaign or follow up plan drawn up to achieve the mission to provide 1% job opportunity for the disable.
I was rather puzzled to hear the news today the government had indeed fixed a dealline of five years to achieve the 30% job allocation for women in GLCs but how about the dealine for disabled minority in achieving the 1% quota?
The minister who is in charge for advocating the 30% allocation for women in GLCs is also responsible for the 1% job allocation for disabled vision.
The minister should take proactive steps to ensure the ministry comes out with a time frame and necessary plans to enable the long advocated vision of having disabled minority in public service are achieved.
If given a chance, I truly believe disabled community in this country will be a driving force in increasing the productivity of the nation.
The writer is president of the Damai Disabled Persons Association Selangor & WP