Minister of Welfare,
Women and Family Development of Malaysia
Datuk Fatimah Abdullah yesterday challenged those in the industry to
create products that are user-friendly to both the able and disabled.
“We must remember
that it is not people’s ‘disability’ that makes it impossible
for them to use certain technologies”.
“It is the fact
that whoever created the products and services did not take into
account the notion that people are individuals with differing
abilities and preferences”, she said in her keynote address at the
launching of a web accessibility seminar. Fatimah said it is vital
that those who design, build, sell and use online information
services or products must understand the impacts on disabled and
She stated that the Malaysian
Disability Act 2008 has made it mandatory for the government and
providers of information and communication technology to make their
systems accessible to the disabled without any additional costs.
“Our focus here is
website accessibility. The federal and state governments have made
web accessibility as one of the mandatory criteria in government
portals and websites”, she added.
According to her, the state government
has a web template that complies with the web accessibility
requirements to benefit a wider range of citizens.
The three-day seminar is held to
highlight the importance of making websites accessible to people with
It is organised by the state
government, Sarawak Society for the Blind, Sarawak Information
Systems Sdn Bhd (Sains) and National Council for the Blind Malaysia
“My message to all those who have
registered for the workshop, learn as much as possible and develop
your websites, services or products that are usable by all.
“I hope the
organisers, especially Sains being the ICT total solution provider of
the state government, can work closely with my ministry to promote
web accessibility at national and international levels in the
future”, she said.
Also present at the seminar were NCBM
president Datuk S. Kulasegaran, Sains CEO Datuk Teo Tien Hiong,
Sarawak Society for the Blind president Dr Hsiung Kwo Yen and Chief
Minister’s Department ICT Unit director William Patrick Nyigor.
(Source: Borneo Post)