Wednesday, November 9, 2016

DUN Selangor: Sign language to become permanent feature in live broadcast of Selangor assembly sittings



SHAH ALAM: The Selangor state legislative assembly has begun incorporating sign language in its live broadcast of the ongoing sitting. 

This makes the Selangor assembly the first in the country to have sign language interpreters to cater to the hearing-impaired community, said Speaker Hannah Yeoh. 

A trial run, assisted by volunteers from the Selangor Deaf Association, began today and will last until Friday. 

Yeoh encouraged the hearing-impaired community to log on to the TV Selangor website to watch and give their feedback on aspects that can be improved before it is officially launched in 2017, when the next sitting commences in March. 

She said a budget has been set aside for the purpose in an effort to move a step further in being an inclusive government and institution. 

"Beginning next year, we will have this feature in our live telecast so that those with disabilities at home can follow the entire sitting online. 

“Everyone has a right to understand what is going on (at the assembly sitting) and what is being debated in the house as every policy we make here affects all groups in Selangor. 

"In our Standing Orders, we must have a live telecast each time we meet; even if it is for two hours, it must be broadcast live. So, it is important for us to do this simultaneously," said Yeoh.

*Taken from NST Online

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