by Vasinatta Yama – EM TV, Port Moresby
Bulolo MP and Pangu Pati Leader, Sam Basil today commits his Party to people with special needs by advocating for them.
Sam Basil today urged other legislators to introduce or amend laws where such people can equally participate with able citizens. Laws that can address the public transport service, building designs, education, and institutions that will cater for their needs.
He said this at the celebration of the 22nd International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Port Moresby. This year’s theme was “Sustainable Development and Promise to Technology”; a call for the government to incorporate people with special needs into normal society.
Brown Kapi is a person with special needs and is also chairman of the PNG Rehabilitation Centre and Kapi Foundation. His dream is for PNG to have a just, fair, barrier-free and inclusive society for people like him. He wants to live in a society where people like him are empowered with opportunities and choices, and are valid members of the community.
According to the World Health Organization, PNG has nearly over 900,000 people living with special needs. From this, only 2 per cent receive some form of treatment and services. Many of them could not attend and celebrate the special day today because they had difficulties with accessing and travelling in vehicles.