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Centre for rehab trainers sought
Published on: Friday, July 12, 2019
By: Johan Aziz

KENINGAU: Efforts are underway to secure land to accommodate the increasing number of Community Rehabilitation Organisation (PPDK) trainers. 

“Since 2012, PPDK has applied for land from government reserve land located at Jalan Kampung Ria by former District Officer Haji Yusop Haji Osman.

“Until now the land status is in the process of gazetting by the Land and Survey Department and hopes the process will be accelerated.”

She said the centre is now operating at a building in Taman Kali, Keningau. Trainees who come to this centre receive a total of RM150 a month with conditions as fixed.

“In addition to conducting training, PPDK also cares for the welfare of trainees with Takaful insurance plan of RM55 per year. This is to help parents, guardians and the special people,” said Keningau PPDK Chairwoman, Hasnah Atu.

She was speaking at a PPDK programme involving 265 parents, guardians and trainees as well as PPDK staff members, government department and private bodies who are actively involved in the development of special people.

She said 22 special people trainees have entered secondary schools, special education schools and skills training centres since it was established 25 years ago, said

Of these, four of the trainees were studying at SMK Badin Tuaran, 15 in special education schools, one in Giat Mara Keningau Centre and two trainees to the Bangi Industrial Training Centre.

“The latest four trainees have been accepted at a special education school this year,” she said. Hasnah said at present, 125 trainees have been registered in the centre since its inception in 1994. Of that, 103 trainees conducting full-time learning at the centre, 22 at home and early this year, there were additional 13 trainees register at the centre.

The ceremony was officiated by Political Secretary to Chief Minister, Adzhar Eddy Tan Sri RM Jasni. In his speech, he asked the people to avoid politics because the main purpose is to help the people and develop this district.

“Political differences in such program need to be avoided, but the union is more important in preserving the harmony, unity and spirit of our friendships,” he said.

Adzhar said special people have the advantage that other people do not see and in this connection urged other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to help those who are needy.

At the event, Adzhar and Robert presented Raya money to all the special people and those celebrate their birthday cutting a cake. Adzhar also presented letters of appointment to all the PPDK committee members.

Hasnah said this event was part of the annual PPDK program aimed at strengthening relationship and friendship in addition to celebrate the trainees at the centre together with the local community, the centre committee member and staff of this centre.

Also present were Bingkor State Assemblyman, Robert Tawik, Deputy Director of the Sabah Welfare Services Department, Hajah Rugayah Awang Besar, Chief Assistant Director, Sabah Welfare Services Department, Zulkiflee Hassan. Assistant Director of Keningau Division Welfare Services Department, Bill Suhud Mohammad, National Anti-Drug Agency Officer (AADK), Azry Golbin, former District Chief, OKK Mohd Amir Datuk Arif, heads of state and federal government departments and community leaders.



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