In Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian government is taking significant steps to enhance digital literacy among persons with disabilities (PwD), aligning with the country’s Malaysia MADANI aspirations. Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil announced the launch of a dedicated empowerment programme aimed at integrating the PwD community with government agencies and ensuring they are not marginalized in the implementation of government policies and initiatives.
According to BERNAMA News Agency, the programme is not just a means of connecting PwDs with governmental bodies but also serves as a crucial platform for promoting initiatives spearheaded by his ministry. In particular, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) plays a pivotal role in enabling the disabled community to access various benefits.
The minister emphasized the empowering role of the digital world, offering PwDs the opportunity to communicate without constraints. The development and digital empowerment programme for disabled youth is designed to help them maximize opportunities and enhance their marketability.
Fahmi outlined four main objectives of the PwD Digital Literacy Empowerment programme. These include raising awareness and advocacy for the PwD community, providing exposure to cybercrime vigilance, educating internet users on online risks and threats, and improving the digital literacy level of the community.
The programme achieves these objectives through several modules encompassing internet awareness, digital entrepreneurship, and digital empowerment. These modules are presented by various government agencies and private entities, including the MCMC, the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM), and Shopee.