Flex Malaysia, a Sketch-to-Scale® solutions provider, has recently launched a persons with disabilities programme (PwD programme) in Johor, in conjunction with the firm's recent hiring of 30 PwD employees in Flex Skudai and Flex Port of Tanjung Pelepas, Johor.

To date, the company has hired a total of 150 PwD employees across its Johor and Penang offices (30 and 120 respectively), in partnership with the Johor Deaf Association and JobsMalaysia.

It has also announced plans to double its PwD workforce, and intends to triple this figure for its Johor operations "in the near future".

With this programme now launched in Johor, Flex will continue to provide classroom and on-the-job training for these employees, to well-equip them to do "interesting and meaningful work".

Further, employees will also continue to be provided with job rotation opportunities to pick up new skills.

In ensuring staff are well prepared to receive the new PwD employees, staff are required to undergo a sign language training programme conducted by the Johor Deaf Association.

Apart from the above, the firm also provides PwD-friendly facilities such as a strobe light alarm system which alerts hearing-impaired employees in emergencies; and a buddy system which helps provide a ready friend to guide or help evacuate them in such instances.

Sharing about this move by the firm, Viswanathan Paramasivam, Flex’s Vice President of Operations, said: "We noticed that hearing-impaired employees were not given equal career opportunities in the industry, and we wanted to make a difference in their lives. We want to hire, develop and empower hearingimpaired employees so that they can achieve their full potential.

"We also believe in creating an inclusive and diverse 'Flex Family'. Just like a real family, we want to meet our people’s social, emotional, developmental and communication needs, including that of hearing-impaired employees."

Photo and caption / provided [VIPs and Flex Johor PwD employees signing together at the Launch of Flex People with Disabilities (PwD) Program in Johor]

]From L-R: Bang Dinh, General Manager of Flex Skudai; Viswanathan Paramasivam, Flex's Vice President of Operations; Tuan Zaini Bin Yaacob, Johor Department of Labour Director; En Yazid Bain, Johor Society of the Deaf President; Jacob Philip Kanianthara, Flex’s Vice President of Operations; Lim Lian Chong, General Manager of Flex PTP]