Nine NGOs get nod to set up special needs council

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Registrar of Society (ROS) has approved nine non-governmental organisations’ application to establish a special needs council that aims to be more effective in providing welfare.

Hj Abdul Hakim Hj Mohd Yassin, the former president of the National Association of the Deaf (OKP), yesterday said the registrar gave the green light to set up the council earlier this month.

Speaking on the sidelines of OKP’s third annual general meeting at the Youth Centre in the capital, he said the nine NGOs that form the council are scheduled to have their first meeting in the next few months.

“It (the council) will be a platform for our associations to be united as one. Our unity will also create a stronger voice for us in raising our concerns and issues,” Hj Abd Hakim said.

The nine associations are Centre for Child with Special Needs , the Paraplegic and Physically Disabled Association, Pusat Ehsan, Society for the Management of Autism Related issues in Training, Education and Resources (SMARTER), Brunei Darussalam National Association of the Blind, Learning Ladders Society, National Association of the Deaf, Brunei Darussalam Down Syndrome Association and Special Olympics Brunei Darussalam.

Pusat Ehsan’s senior trustee, Dato Paduka Hj Alimin Hj Abdul Wahab, will act as temporary president of the council, said Hj Abdul Hakim.

Plans for the establishment of the council began in early 2014. The application to set up the council was sent in early 2014 and the associations have had a series of meetings to fine tune its constitution and committee since then.

The creation of the council is expected to facilitate the selection of representatives to attend special needs forums and conferences, especially those held overseas, said Hj Abdul Hakim.

“It is important to ensure Brunei is represented to highlight its concerns and share best practices from other organisations,” he added.

The Brunei Times