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Challenges Faced by Malaysians with Disabilities in the World of Employment

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Tiun Ling Ta ,

School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, MY
About Tiun Ling

Dr. Tiun Ling Ta is a trained demographer and his areas of specialization are fertility, age of first marriage, disability access and high-rise residential management. He is a social activist and also a councillor in the local government. He was awarded the National Disabled Worker Award from the Ministry of Human Resources (2002), Penang Disabled Person Award (2003) and also won the disabled person of the year award in 2005.

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Khoo Suet Leng

School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, MY
About Khoo Suet

Dr. Khoo Suet Leng is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Development Planning and Management, School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia.  Her areas of specialization are education, training and human resource development.  Suet Leng has undertaken extensive research on human resource development in Malaysia’s formal as well as informal sectors. She has presented her research findings in Malaysia, Australia, America and Japan.

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Abstract

Purpose: This paper aims to explore and understand the challenges that are encountered by Malaysians with disabilities in the world of employment.

Methods: A survey was undertaken in four Northern Malaysian states (Perlis, Kedah, Penang and Perak) to obtain the primary data. Two sets of questionnaires were formulated.  The first questionnaire was addressed towards Malaysian people with disabilities, while the second one was for the employers. Descriptive statistics were used to explore, summarise and describe the data collected.

Results: This paper argues that integrating people with disabilities into the mainstream workforce should be the way forward, given that they are a pool of untapped human resources. Crucially, this study also highlights some of the key challenges faced by Malaysian people with disabilities, such as discrimination and exploitation at work.

Conclusions: This paper concludes that equal employment and training opportunities should be extended to Malaysian people with disabilities, in an effort to integrate them into the mainstream workforce. The existing Disability Act 2008 should be revised to address the challenges and issues highlighted in this paper.

How to Cite: Ta, T.L. and Leng, K.S., 2013. Challenges Faced by Malaysians with Disabilities in the World of Employment. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 24(1), pp.6–21. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5463/dcid.v24i1.142
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Published on 01 May 2013.

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