MCC calls for a better barrier-free environment for Malaysians with disabilities
Asia-Pacific, September 15 2011
Sibu, Malaysia : Methodist Care Centre (MCC) has sent a letter to the Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) calling for the creation of a disabled-friendly and barrier-free environment.
MCC chairman Kapitan Wong Hie Ching told a press conference that inaccessibility to buildings and public facilities has been a major barrier for people with disabilities to actively participate in social and economic activities.
She said a persons with physical disabilities should be able to commute between home and the work place as well as other destinations in ease.
“Currently the level of accessibility for the disabled is very low as only a few buildings are designed with adequate facilities for their use,” she pointed out.
She proposed the council upgrade the barrier-free facilities in the town centre, areas in Keranji Road and Tunku Osman Road, selected shopping malls, recreation parks and the town square.
Other areas mentioned in the proposed new barrier-free facilities include vehicle parking and access in the Tanahmas area, Market Road, Public Library, Celcom Bhd shoplot area, Sanyan building basement parking space, Medan Mall, Delta Mall parking space, Sing Kwong supermarket and Farley Supermarket.
She asked the council to provide curb ramps and handrails along pathways at the vicinity of Sibu Gateway, the entrance and exit points of the Malay food court, Sarawak House shopping centre and the commercial area in Market Road.
“We want the public lifts to have handrails, sound and Braille facilities especially in the Sanyan building, Medan mall, the FederalComplex, Salim Singkwong supermarket and Delta Mall,” she said, adding that it would be good if the public library had a lift facility.
MCC also suggested a traffic light system with sound signals provided for blind people.