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Empowering Neurodivergent Individuals

Mohd Rashid Mohamad, Group Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer, RHB Banking Group | Izham Izhairy Zaini, RHB #Empower participant | Puan Suzannie Omar, Parent of Izham Izhairy

08-Feb-24 12:00

Empowering Neurodivergent Individuals

Neurodiversity refers to the recognition and acceptance of neurological differences in individuals. These differences can include conditions such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, and other cognitive variations.

In Malaysia, it is estimated that between 30% to 40% of the population falls under the category of neurodiverse, while the remaining majority is considered “neurotypical”, [according to Oasis Place, a transdisciplinary intervention centre].

According to the World Bank (2021), approximately 35.4% of those registered with disabilities in Malaysia are categorised under learning disabilities.

The conversation around neurodiversity in the workplace is gaining momentum, with increasing recognition of the value neurodivergent individuals bring to various sectors. Efforts are underway to create more inclusive employment opportunities that leverage the unique strengths and talents of people with neurodivergent conditions.

PETRONAS, in collaboration with Ernst & Young, for example, has been actively working to develop a neurodiversity ecosystem in Malaysia by promoting neurodiversity and organisational readiness for hiring neurodivergent individuals.

RHB is another organisation that has introduced its Empower Programme, an indication of a growing commitment among Malaysian corporations to support neurodiversity, focusing on tailored recruitment, training, and support systems to enhance workforce integration.

This shift towards inclusivity not only aims to improve employment rate among neurodivergent individuals but also enriches the workplace with diverse perspectives and skills.

Today, we speak with Mohd Rashid Mohamad, Group Managing Director (and) Group Chief Executive Officer, RHB Banking Group, together with Izham Izhairy Zaini, RHB #Empower participant and Izham’s mother Puan Suzannie Omar on the initiative RHB is taking in supporting and advocating neurodiversity in its organisation and in turn, contributing towards building a more inclusive workforce for the nation.

***RHB welcomes all forms of support and interest from businesses of all sizes, including corporates and SMEs, non-profit organisations, governmental agencies and other organisations who would like to participate in its #Empower Programme. Participation can be in the form of being a partner employer or as a sponsor for potential programme participants in the upcoming intake.

RHB is committed to making a difference and Making Progress Happen for Everyone. It appreciates the support from all organisations to provide employment opportunities or internships to neurodivergent young adults.

Interested companies may email the RHB Community Engagement team at

Produced by: Carol Wong

Presented by: Richard Bradbury

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Categories:  educationthe workplacemanagingentrepreneurspersonal development

Tags:  neurotypicalneurodiversityadhddyslexianeurodivergentautismasdworkplace

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