Some 0.4% quota allocated for OKU in MyStep has been filled

by ASILA JALIL / pic by TMR FILE

ABOUT 0.4% of the special quota allocated for persons with disabilities (OKU) in the Malaysia Short-term Employment Programme (MyStep) has been occupied as at end-February.

Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz said the government had allocated more than RM40 million to encourage the deployment of OKU individuals through various initiatives including improving infrastructure and upgrading government buildings to make them more disabled-friendly.

“The government had announced a special quota of at least 1% job opportunities for the OKU communities through the MyStep 2022 programme out of the total target of 600,000 employment opportunities this year.

“The implementation of the special quota for the OKU depends on the recruitments made by ministries, agencies and government-linked companies (GLCs) according to their respective recruitment procedures,” he said in the Dewan Negara yesterday.

He was responding to a supplementary question from Senator Datuk Ras Adiba Radzi on the number of disabled individuals who have benefitted from the employment programme.

He also urged all parties to cooperate in providing relevant job opportunities via the special quota in the programme for the vulnerable and OKU communities.

Meanwhile, as at March 15, 2022, the minister said the government has succeeded in placing more than 11,000 job seekers in various ministries and GLCs.

Of the total, more than 90% have been placed in the public sector. As for the Professional Training and Education for Growing Entrepreneurs (Protege) programme, a total of 507 individuals have landed a job as at end-February.

He explained that the government had decided to continue the employment programmes following the success achieved in securing jobs for those who were unemployed last year in various sectors.

“The achievements made via the programmes last year have pushed the government to continue the initiatives through Budget 2022 under the Jamin Kerja Keluarga Malaysia initiative.

“The government aims for 600,000 job opportunities with an allocation of RM4.8 billion. This includes MyStep which aims for 50,000 employment opportunities in the public sector and 30,000 opportunities in GLCs and their strategic partners.

“As for the Protege programme, the government had aimed for 4,600 placements this year in companies and GLCs that have participated in the programmes,” said the minister in response to a query from Senator Datuk Dr Ahmad Azam Hamzah on the total number of jobs that have been offered through MyStep and Protege programmes.