It’s not funny for us to make fun of people with disabilities (OKU) or anybody due to their misfortunes. However, if you are enjoying making a mockery out of their disabilities, days of community service may be ahead of you!
Speaking at the Dewan Rakyat today (28 March), the Deputy women, family and community development minister Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff said the ministry is studying the proposed sentence of 100 to 150 days of community service programs to be made punishment for those mocking the OKU community.
Siti Zailah said the ministry believes that the proposal should be given green light due to the widespread discrimination against the disabled.
She explained that the community service program outlined 3 main elements – punishment, rehabilitation and repentance.
“The ministry will look into the proposal further in the process of reviewing the OKU Act 2008,” she said.
In addition, she said the ministry viewed seriously incidents of discriminatory acts committed against OKU, especially on social media.
Siti Zailah also said that the legal implications needed further attention.
She said such offences against OKU were now investigated under Section 233 (1)(a)(b) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, Section 504 of the Penal Code or Section 14 of the Minor Offences Act 1955.
As for the proposed establishment of the OKU Commission, Siti Zailah said any complaints, appeals and petitions related to violations of the rights of OKU can be channelled to the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) and other existing legal systems.
You can listen to her full statement below.