OKU M’sians Work As Trash Collectors, Say They’re Proud Of Their ‘Dirty’ Job

Some are picky with jobs; others make success happen, no matter what.
In a world where many individuals are selective about their job choices, three remarkable individuals stand out by their willingness to tackle challenges head-on.

Despite facing disabilities, they choose to brave the elements and handle the rigors of garbage collection daily, all in pursuit of a livelihood and a sense of independence.

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‘Our world may be dirty, but the money we earn is clean and halal’

At SWM Environment Sdn Bhd in Negeri Sembilan, Mohd Hasif Abd Rani, Mohd Aszmizan Mohd Hasan, and Mohd Rossazali Roslan defy odds and stereotypes as they proudly contribute to their community through their work.

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Mohd hasif abd rani, m'sian cleaner
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Mohd Hasif Abd Rani, 37, who suffers from hearing impairment, exemplifies the spirit of perseverance.

“The biggest challenge is during the hot season. However, the tasks need to be carried out properly to ensure no complaints are received from the public,” he said.

Despite the demanding nature of the job, Hasif finds fulfillment in his work.

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“Our world may be dirty, but the money we earn is clean and halal,” he added.

Hasif’s journey in the cleaning division for the past two years has not only made him independent but also allowed him to support his parents financially.

Dreaming big despite challenges

Similarly, Mohd Aszmizan Mohd Hasan, 34, who also has hearing difficulties, embodies the ethos of hard work instilled by his parents.

Mohd aszmizan mohd hasan - m'sian cleaner
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Despite being eligible for assistance from the Department of Social Welfare (JKM), Aszmizan’s parents taught him the value of self-sufficiency, reported Sinar Harian.

“I started my career as a solid waste collection worker in 2015 after often accompanying my parents, who were also cleaning workers at the same company,” he shared.

Another inspiring story is that of Mohd Rossazali Roslan, 42, who takes pride in his ability to earn a living despite his hearing impairment.

“I am grateful to have my own vehicle and be able to live a normal life like others, despite my shortcomings,” he said.

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Mohd rossazali roslan, m'sian cleaner
Photo via Sinar Harian.

Rossazali dreams of having a family that accepts his limitations and appreciates the support of his family in his chosen career.

“One of my dreams is to have my own family who can accept my limitations.”

“My family members have accepted my career as a cleaning worker well, and they always provide moral support for me to do my job well,” he expressed.

It’s always open the OKU

The Corporate General Manager of SWM Environment Sdn Bhd, Mohd Norlisam Mohd Nordin, highlighted the company’s inclusive employment practices.

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With 18 PWD employees, the company demonstrates that disabilities do not preclude one from contributing meaningfully to society.

“PWDs are also able to use their abilities to contribute to the country, and the company is always open to giving them opportunities to earn an income,” he stated.

He stressed that with proper guidance, PWD employees can perform their jobs excellently. “They can be an example to others with perfect physical conditions to strive,” he concluded.

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