The Starbucks outlet is located at Bangsar Village 2 (Image: www.starbucks.com)
Finally, some people are actually doing something right
in our country this week!
Berjaya Starbucks Coffee Company Sdn Bhd (Starbucks Malaysia) has collaborated with The Society of Interpreters for the Deaf (SID) to open a store dedicated to providing employment opportunities for Deaf partners (employees).
The first-of-a-kind coffee chain in the world recently opened its doors in Bangsar Village II shopping mall, which bustles with visitors especially during the weekends.
"We are proud to be working with Starbucks to provide job opportunities for Deaf people," said Alvin YM Wong, Chairman of SID Selangor and Federal Territory Malaysia. "Through Starbucks, these Deaf partners are trained and empowered to move forward in their careers, which will give them a sense of pride and accomplishment in the long run."
Currently, the store employs 10 Deaf partners and three hearing partners. The store manager is supported by Mohammad Aizad Ariffin, a Deaf partner who serves as the store's shift manager. "Since I joined Starbucks three years ago as a barista, my goal has been to become Starbucks Malaysia's first Deaf store manager, and after my recent promotion to shift manager, I'm well on my way to achieving this dream," he said according to Starbucks' official website.
We hope that more franchises in the future cater to those with disabilities!