Oku Sentral & KPJ Healthcare pilots accessible vending machines across selected hospitals and training centres nationwide

L-Right: KPJ Healthcare Berhad Deputy General Manager (Group Strategic Communications) Juliana Jamaluddin, ATLAS Vending Head of Marketing & Ancillary Business Amy Gan, ATLAS Vending CEO Santharuban Thurai Sundaram, KPJ Healthcare Berhad Corporate Manager Noor Hafizan Mohd Noor, YB Senator Ras Adiba Radzi (front), CEO KPJ Ampang Putri Muhammad Badri Hussin (far left)

Malaysians can now enjoy access friendly vending machines in selected KPJ Hospitals, Pusat Daya Klang as well as Pusat Latihan Perindustrian dan Pemulihan Bangi.

ATLAS Vending, in collaboration with OKU Sentral rolled out Malaysia’s first series of Accessible Vending Machines, with KPJ Healthcare Berhad (“KPJ Healthcare”) as an exclusive hospital partner.

Launched in conjunction with International Wheelchair Day today, the Accessible Vending Machines are custom fit with features such as wheelchair and height accessibility as well as larger coin tray for those with limited motor control, in addition to being equipped with electronic payment features. The special features include buttons that are located 60 and 95 centimetres from ground level, 26 cm coin tray instead of ordinary coin slot and dispensing tray that is about 60 cm from the ground level as approved by OKU Sentral.

“We are heartened with this thoughtful business plan. This is a good example of woke corporatisation in which organisations think about lowering the barrier of inclusion of individuals with disabilities in their business models and inventions,” said senator and co-founder of OKU Sentral YB Datuk Ras Adiba Radzi at the launch.

Championing a more inclusive Keluarga Malaysia, Datuk Ras Adiba also commented that all aspects of human rights and fundamental freedoms including the special needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups must be respected. According to a UNICEF report, there are about 4.5 million individuals with disabilities in Malaysia. With greater accessibility, millions more Keluarga Malaysia could become more efficient economic contributors.

“In an accessible Keluarga Malaysia, people can care for themselves and live independently. This will also support active ageing. Thus, reducing the burden of cost for special care, which will benefit all levels of society,” added Datuk Ras Adiba.

According to KPJ Healthcare’s Chief Corporate Officer, Ariesza Noor, accessible machines could help patients return to healthy and independent lifestyles more easily.

Meanwhile, ATLAS Vending Head of Marketing & Ancillary Business Amy Gan said the company has made retail points accessible to individuals with physical disabilities and the visually impaired, which makes up 41.4% of persons with disabilities in Malaysia.

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