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Inclusion of Disabled People in the Sabah Workforce: An Investigation of Potential Factors
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Paid work is of importance to everyone, including the disabled. It provides us the opportunity to earn an income, forge social relationships, and establish social and political status (Jameson, 2005). Conversely, unemployment or poor wages can result in poverty that may in turn restrict social and leisure pursuits (Jongbloed & Critchton, 1990). In the west, research (e.g., Graffam, Shinkfield, Smith & Polzin, 2002; HaYes & Macan, 1997; Kilbury, Benshoff & Rubin, 1992) has been conducted to investigate the factors that can influence the inclusion of disabled people in the workforce. However, research of this nature is lamentably still scarce in Malaysia. The lact of up-to-date statistical information on the disable population in our country can hamper our understanding of labor market activity relating to this population and development of effective policies to support disabled people in employment. Against this background, this study aims to contribute to the body of knowledge by investigating factors that may influence the inclusion of disabled people in Sabah workforce. The factors of interest include Malaysias recently passed Persons with Disabilities Act 2008, personal attributes (i.e., attributes of disabled people, and attributes of non-disabled people), and organizational context (i.e., job nature and organizational culture). Data will be obtained from a sample of employers via interviews and survey/s. The findings have significant implications for policy makers, employers and disabled workers with regard to the useful statistical data on the factors that can promote the inclusion of disabled people in the Sabah workforce specifically and in Malaysian workforce generally.

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Labuan School of International Business and Finance, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Beg Berkunci 2073,
88999 Kota Kinabalu

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Magdalene Ang Chooi Hwa