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Sheltered Factory Semangat Maju Ipoh

Date: 27 Oct 2012 Author: admin Categories: Centres

2nd May 2002 has indented the annals of Perak Association for Intellectually Disabled as one of the auspicious days where our Sheltered Factory Semangat Maju was formally declared opened by Y.A.B. Dato’ Seri Di Raja Mohamad Tajol Rosli bin Ghazali, Menteri Besar of Perak.

Our Association was very thankful to our Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri Di Raja Mohamad Tajol Rosli bin Ghazali for having so kindly consented to perform this historical event. This is the first factory solely for the mentally disabled people in Malaysia. We would also like to take this opportunity to express our deepest appreciation to Dato’ Hj. Abd. Karim bin Mohd Jamil, Mr. Alex Loh Peng Wee and Yayasan Perak for so kindly donating this factory with its large piece of land to us. Their generosity and willingness to help the less fortunate people of our society have opened up the doorway for a better and brighter future for the mentally disabled people under our care.

We would also like to thank Mr. Alex, Loh Peng Wee in particular, for financing the official opening of our Sheltered Factory with such grandiose that it had left an indelible impression on us.

From Government statistics, we know that from among the various kinds of handicapped people, the mentally disabled are the ones that are least employed.  So for the majority to find jobs and be self-reliant is very slim or none at all. Even after graduating from Special Schools, they are back to square one; not knowing what to do, depending on the charity of their siblings or relatives for existence.

“ What will their future be after their parents have left them?”  The answers frightened many parents and they were very apprehensive and worried about their children’s. future. Without any vocational programme for them, their future would look very bleak.

In order to relieve the parents’ fear and to confirm the Association’s commitment to these unfortunate adults, the then Executive Council under the leadership of its then President, the late Dato’ Dr. P. Pathmanathan decided to wait no further to start a vocational programme. Mr. Ho Ah Ngen, the then Assistant. Hon. General Secretary was given the task to plan and start the Sheltered Workshop.

Under the leadership of the present President, Dr. Yeoh Beng San, the Sheltered Workshop was on its way to further development. We now have a Sheltered Factory solely for the Mentally disabled. This is the first of its kind in Malaysia. The Sheltered Factory will be manufacturing wooden products such as multi purpose tabletop-racks, picture-frames, utility pen holders, Clothes hangers, key-chains, pot-stand, and white boards of various sizes.  Our wood products are of high quality. They are seventy per cent machine made and thirty per cent manually done. Unabashedly, we could say that we are creeping into “industrialization.” We hope that many more factories could sprout up and provide occupations for the human beings that were once considered as “useless”. The Sheltered Factory has enabled the mentally disabled people an opportunity to work and be independent and in a way be the beacon in the rehabilitation of this group of special people.

The Sheltered Factory participants, who are less severely affected by their handicaps, are trained with skills necessary to operate quite complicated machinery. For those who are less able, they are taught to do less complicated jobs such as assembling of electrical lamps terminals, assorting and repackaging used cardboard boxes and planting of vegetables (both organic and hydroponics) and tending a nursery for flowering plants.