NGO appoints new president

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

NON-governmental organisation, National Association of the Deaf (OKP) has announced its new governance committee’s members for 2016-2018 following its third Annual General Meeting (AGM) yesterday.

Muhammad Nur’Azwan Hj Aziz had been elected as the new president for OKP in a meeting held on April 10.

Muhammad Nur’Azwan is taking over the reins from Hj Abdul Hakim Hj Mohd Yassin, who has led the organisation for six years since 2010.

Hj Abdul Hakim will continue to play a role in the association as an honorary advisor.

In an interview with The Brunei Times, Hj Abdul Hakim expressed hope that the new members will continue to address issues related to special needs such as access to education and employment opportunities.

OKP had been actively involved in regional forums and conferences in ASEAN.

Hj Abdul Hakim said their participation in such forums and conferences demonstrated the need to ensure fair and equal rights are granted to individuals with special needs.

“We realised that we need to be ready to share and learn from each other as well as remove the barriers to enable special needs individuals to flourish,” he said.

As the new OKP president, Muhammad Nur’Azwan hoped that his fellow members will be able to communicate and interact effectively by using sign language.

“I will try my best to organise sign language classes for them. I know with sign language, we can go further. We will be able to communicate with individuals with hearing impairment locally, regionally as well as internationally,” he said.

“Secondly, I hope our parents will continue to support and guide us. The support must not only come from parents, but the government as well to provide us with job opportunities because there are OKP members who already have their own families but find it difficult to find a job,” he said.

Muhammad Nur’Azwan also hopes to be a role model to the other OKP members.

He said, “With the guidance of OKP’s former president and deputy president, the new OKP committee and members will move further and higher, without them we are no one. To the founders of OKP, please do not stop supporting us. We need your ideas, supports and encouragement. Lastly, I hope the public will support us too, especially in making our world more inclusive so OKP can contribute to serve His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and the Government of Brunei Darussalam.”

Permanent secretary of Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Datin Paduka Dr Hjh Norlila Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Jalil said cooperation, understanding, commitment and ethics is important in order to maintain the good name of the association and its members.

Datin Dr Hjh Norlila was the guest of honour at the 3rd AGM.

She added that the association’s activities and its finances must be done meticulously so that it is organised in accordance to the set guidelines.

“The new governance committee members must also be aware of current issues, especially in this time of unstable economy. The members must be prudent in spending and organising activities so as to prevent wastage,” she said.

The Brunei Times