Southern Integrated Bus Terminal achieves 75 pct score for disabled-friendliness


PUTRAJAYA: The Southern Integrated Bus Terminal in Bandar Tasik Selatan here has been given a score of 75 per cent for disabled-friendliness following an audit by the Committee On Universal Design and Built Environment.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said this was more than satisfactory as it met most of the needs of disabled persons.

“The audit also covered the Express Rail Link (ERL) and Keretapi Tanah Melayu terminals,” she said in a statement here yesterday.

She said the audit found ERL terminal to be good for disabled persons while the KTM terminal was being upgraded to accomodate their needs.

The audit was carried out on Sept 22 with the cooperation of Kuala Lumpur City Hall, International Islamic University, Malaysia, Rapid KL, KTMB, ERL and several associations representing disabled people.

Meanwhile, when launching the NAM Institute of Empowerment of Women’s theme song “Women Of Tomorrow” at Universiti Malaya here, Shahrizat said she was all for the retirement age for the private sector to be set at 64 years.

She said the current retirement age of 55 in the sector was no longer suitable as people today were still productive even in their 60s.

She was commenting on the Private Sector Retirement Age Bill, expected to be passed by December, which will allow private sector employees to work until the age of 64. — Bernama