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Wanted – Qualified sign language interpreters

July 22, 2007


KEPALA BATAS: There is an acute shortage of sign language interpreters because at present, there are only 10 qualified ones to cater to 24,000 registered deaf persons nationwide, the Malaysian Federation of the Deaf said. 

MFD language trainer Siti Zubaidah Mohd Lani said the Education Ministry had recently allocated RM12.1mil for the training of 300 sign language interpreters. 

“Our first batch of 100 students, who started their year-long certificate level course last month, are mainly jobless graduates. 


Customer service: Siti Zubaidah communicating in sign language with Mohd Yunus Ismail, who is deaf, during the job carnival in Kepala Batas on Saturday. Looking on are (from second right) Labour Department senior assistant director Dr Kamal Hamid, Perak Labour Department director K. Sritharen and Penang Labour Department director Mohd Azhar Ahmad.

“We need such qualified sign language interpreters to fill positions especially at the various government departments and agencies that provide customer services,” she told The Star at the state Labour Department Job Carnival 2007 at Dewan Milenium here yesterday.  

As such, she said individuals who were keen on working with the deaf should consider a career as sign language interpreters. 

Siti Zubaidah added that students who took up the course at MFD’s sign language interpreters’ training centre in Puchong, Selangor, were given a monthly allowance of RM600 and provided with free food and lodging.  

Upon completing the course, she said, the students could take up an 18-month-long diploma in sign language studies at the International University College of Technology Twintech in Bandar Sri Damansara, Kuala Lumpur. 

She said MFD would later help the diploma holders to seek employment at the various government departments. 

For details, call the MFD (03-80708930) or the Penang Deaf Association (04-2296421).


  1. Lisa Marie
    July 22, 2007 at 9:46 am

    How interesting!

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