Sign language gaining acceptance in community: OKP president

|     Syazwani Hj Rosli     |

IT HAS been noticed that sign language is being used in offices, schools and public places in the country since lately, President of the National Association for the Hearing Impaired (OKP) Khairul Anwar bin Haji Jofari said.

“This reflects an increase in the use of sign language in our daily communication and it shows the acceptance among our community. The need to organise this workshop is not only for communication purposes but also to enhance learning, employment and businesses,” added Khairul Anwar.

He was delivering his welcoming remarks at the opening of the 4th Basic Sign Language Workshop at the Darul Imtiyaz Hall, Pusat Bahagia in Kampong Pulaie yesterday.

The event was officiated by Deputy Permanent Secretary (Community) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Saidah binti Haji Wahid @ Burut as the guest of honour.

The event began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah led by Muhammad Saufaqroul Wa’ie bin Amir, a person with different abilities (OKU), and a Doa Selamat recited by Haji Mayadi bin Haji Jais, a religious teacher at Pusat Bahagia.

This was followed by an experience sharing session by members of the OKP called ‘Suaramu ku Dengar’ led by Rabiatul Adawiyah binti Osman Zaini. Members of the OKP and OKU individuals also carried out a stage performance.

The workshop was organised by the Special Education Unit (SEU) of the Ministry of Education, Religious Special Education Unit (UPKU) of the Islamic Studies Department, the Otorhinolaryngology (ENT) Department of the Ministry of Health, and OKP.

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Community) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Saidah binti Haji Wahid @ Burut at the event. – SYAZWANI HJ ROSLI