Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin and his family yesterday attended Pusat Bahagia Open Day, in observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) 2020.
Some 200 people of different abilities from the four districts attended, with activities and programmes organised by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) through the Community Development Department (JAPEM).
Legislative Council (LegCo) members, as well as senior officials from the MCYS and the Council for the Welfare of Persons with Different Abilities (MKOKU) and the associations under it also attended.
Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan launched the event with a cake-cutting ceremony with persons of different abilities and officials.
Acting Deputy Director of Community Development Mohammad Khairul Shahrul bin Haji Duahim said, “This year’s celebration comes with the theme ‘Not All Disabilities Are Visible’, which focusses on understanding non-physical disabilities such as intellectual, mental and hearing disabilities. “The efforts to advocate and strengthen persons with different abilities cannot be implemented without the solid support of non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
“I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the important role played by the Council for the Welfare of Persons with Different Abilities (MKOKU), along with non-governmental organisations and other associations, which have helped educate and increase public awareness to support the rights of persons with different abilities”
Following the launch, the minister installed a padlock on the Pusat Bahagia sign, to officiate the new landscaping for the centre.
The minister also participated in an aerobics session with Pusat Bahagia trainees and guests, before presenting certificates to the participants of a sewing course organised by the centre.
Later, the minister toured an exhibition comprising special education under the Ministry of Education (MoE), the Manpower Planning and Employment Council (MPEC), MKOKU and the associations under it, Community for Brunei, and Qudoz Event Management Several activities were also conducted such as Dine in the Dark, a basic sign language workshop, a Braille orientation workshop and a mini-counselling session.