Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has called on Malaysians to be more attentive to the importance of registering disabled citizens with the Social Welfare Department.
In a Facebook post, he mentioned there are an estimated 4.4 million persons with disabilities living in Malaysia, but only 506, 228 are registered with the government.
"I hope that the people are more attentive to ensure that this special group is registered with the department so that they can get the facilities and privileges provided by the government," he stated.
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His comments came a day after the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) on December 3, which has been commemorated since 1992 to promote awareness for critical issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development.
"By promoting empowerment, real opportunities for people are created. This enhances their own capacities and supports them in setting their own priorities," the United Nations posted on IDPD.
"Empowerment involves investing in people - in jobs, health, nutrition, education, and social protection."
The good news is, however, that while unemployment rates for candidates with disabilities traditionally lag behind national averages, the past year brought positive job prospects to this sector of the workforce.
This was, at least, in the United States, according to a new CareerCast report, which cited data from The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The report found that from October 2014 to October 2015, unemployment for persons with a disability fell from 12.7% to 11.5%.
Medical records, social work, nursing, computer systems, and teaching were highlighted as some of the professions offering good opportunities for prospective employees with disabilities.
"The past year brought positive job prospects to this sector of the workforce," noted Kyle Kensing, online content editor, CareerCast.
“Unemployment rates for people with a disability dropped last year and robust job prospects for people with a physical or mental impairment are projected by the BLS.”