According to The Star, about 80%, or about 100,000 disabled people in Malaysia are currently jobless due to reluctance of Malaysian companies to hire them. An alarming news indeed.
While the remaining 20% of them either opened up their own business or settled with jobs that offer much lower salaries compared to those normally received by normal people. The figures were given by Chris Kali Khasan, the Chairman of Disabled Person’s Integrated Family Services during interview with The Star.
He added that the disabled persons are not looking for sympathy, and they are always in the look to become independent, and make living on their own. If they are given opportunities to land jobs in a company, they would not feel handicapped as they would have the same sense of independence like other normal people.
Many have gone for interviews, but they always come back home disappointed. He also said that local employers that usually hired the disabled usually paid them lower wages, while the foreign companies have a bigger heart when hiring them.