SUHAKAM observes that there is still a low level of awareness among Malaysians on the importance of disabled-friendly facilities in places of worship. This had prompted SUHAKAM to engage with the disabled community, faith groups and policy makers to advocate for policy changes towards the improvement of accessibility and facilities for persons with disabilities at all places of worship.

Among the initiatives undertaken by SUHAKAM in promoting the equal right of Persons with Disabilities (PWD) to worship include:

  • Hosted two seminars on disabled-friendly places of worship respectively in 2018 and 2019.
  • Published a report  on the outcomes and recommendations derived from the above seminars. This report had been distributed to various key stakeholders
  • Published simplified manual which contains 10 guiding principles on disabled-friendly places of worship. This manual had been distributed to relevant key stakeholders particularly local authorities and committee of places of worship in Malaysia.
  • Presented the 10 guiding principles to the National Council of Persons with Disability (NCPWD), under the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (MWFCD)
  • Produced a digital story entitled ‘I want to pray’ with funding support from the Asia Pacific Forum for NHRIs (APF).
  • SUHAKAM observed that there was still a low level of awareness among Malaysians on the importance of disabled-friendly facilities in places of worship. This prompted SUHAKAM to engage with the disabled community, faith groups and policy makers to advocate for policy changes towards the improvement of accessibility and facilities for persons with disabilities at all places of worship.
  • In Sarawak, the Commission’s Sarawak Office also actively engaged with the Sarawak Education Department to improve cooperation on matters of pertaining to children with disabilities. Among issues of concern were the advancement of education and general welfare of children who are affected by learning disabilities, teacher training courses specific to learning disabilities as well as students’ performance in school.