Source:cambodiadaily.com DECEMBER 8, 2015
Marking the Cambodian Day of Persons with Disabilities on Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Men Sam An encouraged all government ministries to make an effort to employ more people with disabilities, though experts say the government should be more proactive.
Around 1,000 people, including more than 900 with disabilities, gathered at the National Institute for Education in Phnom Penh, where Ms. Sam An gave a speech advocating greater employment opportunities for the disabled.
“All of the state’s ministries and institutions must enable disabled people who have the ability to exercise their right to work without discrimination,” said Ms. Sam An, adding that facilities such as parking lots should be improved to make public buildings more accessible.
However, Ngin Saorath, executive director of the Cambodian Disabled People’s Organization, said that although he supported the deputy prime minister’s sentiments, people with disabilities needed more tangible support from the government.
“They agree only in front of others. We don’t see any commitment from the budget to help with infrastructure,” he said.
Previous promises, such as the 2011 sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen allocating a $5 monthly pension to seriously disabled people, have gone unmet, according to Mr. Saorath.
“This pension is already allocated, but the government has not yet implemented the scheme…. Nobody has received the pension,” he said.