‘In Malaysia, most Persons With Disability (PWD) are given sympathy and not enough opportunity.’
That’s best to describe our situation here in the country. Taking from the last post, I was totally spot-on, didn’t I? Opportunities are there up for grabs but initiative should also come from the PWDs themselves. And according to the pullout article I came across this morning, more and more organizations has stepped up and came forward in offering jobs for the PWDs. Maybe its part of their corporate responsibility but discrimination is the first thing that companies should get rid off.
Carrefour Malaysia for example, hiring potential employees are based on competency, skills and behaviour. Regardless of one’s physical condition, if you can get the job done then you’re hired. This is what indiscrimination is all about. Like-wise, if you're able-bodied but known to sleep on the job, don't even think of applying for any vacancy. Take a hike and get lost.
Personally I was offered a clerical job at one of PLUS’s offices here recently. If it hadn’t because of my condition, I would have accepted it. Being a quad, sitting through the whole 9 to 5 working hours can be a bit too much for my body to take. But it’s comforting to learn things are improving as far as job opportunity is concern.
Its stereotypical for general public to think PWDs are qualified of only selling tissue papers, da ma cai tickets and sweets on the street. Although that’s how some of us earns a living, and an honest one at that, we are capable of pursuing a better career path. We have clerks, phone operators, factory workers and even lawyers amongst us, which is good. But by having more corporations like Carrefour and PLUS, it will certainly be a stronger pulling factor in encouraging more PWDs to come out of their cocoon and lead a better and meaningful life. Everyone’s a winner here.
So come on you corporate dickheads, show the government you people are caring lot. Keep the opportunities coming and you’ll get good grades from them G. Its like kissing their asses without having to sniff the unpleasant smell.
I’m not sure of how to end this piece but the following adage should be most fitting…’feed us a fish and we’ll live throughout a day but teach us TO fish and we’ll live through a lifetime.’
How true. More opportunity for us and we’ll bug you less. Deal?