KUCHING: Local corporations are urged to come forward and work together with the Welfare Department in creating corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes for Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) centres.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said there are 47 CBRs in Sarawak, and people can find out how they can help without waiting for the centres to send out requests first.
“At the same time, I ask that the State Welfare Department design a new strategy to develop the CBRs with the help of local corporate bodies or enterprises,” she said.
She was among those who accompanied Association of Wives of Ministers and Assistant Ministers (Sabati) President and Chief Minister’s wife Datin Patinggi Dato Jamilah Anu to visit the Penrissen Camp CBR yesterday.
Jamilah was welcomed by the committee members of First Infantry Malaysian Armed Forces Family Welfare (BAKAT), including its president Datin Jacqueline Peris, Bakat Darat Supreme Council Second Vice President Datin Noraihan Ibrahim and Penrissen Camp CBR Chairperson Misnah Harun.
She was briefed on the centre by its principal Lt-Col Wan Edenin Wan Mahsin, who is also Third Brigade Chief of Staff.
Also present were Kota Samarahan MP Rubiah Wang and Welfare Department Director Abang Shamsudin Abang Seruji.
In her speech during the high tea gathering with BAKAT Kuching and Women members of the Malaysian Armed Forces, Rohani said that three new CBR centres had been approved in the state this year, namely Satok (Kuching), Niah (Miri) and Gedong (Samarahan), bringing the total to 47 such centres in Sarawak.
“Development of special needs individuals (OKUs) hinges on their early education at a CBR centre. We want them to be independent, able to take care of themselves, and have skill training as well as interactive skills when they go out to work.”
There are 34,310 special needs individuals registered with the ministry as of March 2016, making CBR a crucial element in Sarawak.
Penrissen Camp CBR has 120 trainees comprising 71 males and 49 females.
According to Rohani, 20 per cent of the trainees are from Penrissen Camp itself while the rest are from the surrounding community.
“This year, the state welfare department is encouraging all CBR to run an ‘Economic Development Programme’, where courses will be offered with cooperation from craft councils and community colleges towards having a ‘1 CBR 1 Product’.”
At the function, Rohani handed over RM10,000 to Penrissen Camp CBR.
Meanwhile, Rubiah added RM5,000 to Penrissen Camp CBR and another RM10,000 to BAKAT while the Chief Minister’s department also chipped in RM5,000 to Penrissen Camp CBR, and another RM15,000 to BAKAT.