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National Council for the Blind, Malaysia

The National Council for the Blind, Malaysia (NCBM in short) is a non-governmental, non-profit and tax-exempt organisation, registered under the Societies’ Act of Malaysia, which officially came into being on 14 February, 1986.

The five major voluntary organisations serving the blind that make up this umbrella body are:

  • Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB, based in Kuala Lumpur)
  • Society of the Blind in Malaysia (SBM, based in Kuala Lumpur)
  • St. Nicholas Home (based In Penang)
  • Sabah Society for the Blind (based in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah)
  • Sarawak Society for the Blind (based in Kuching, Sarawak)

The objectives of NCBM include the introduction and progressive improvement of policies and implementation of services governing the education, rehabilitation, employment and general welfare of the blind and the prevention of blindness in Malaysia.

The functions of NCBM include the following:

Co-ordinate the activities of member-organisations and encourage and facilitate co-operation between them.
Provide a forum for consultation and discussion of aims, policies, plans, activities, views and problems of member-organisations.

Review and promote progress in the fields of education, Braille literacy and computerised Braille production, rehabilitation, vocational training, employment, social welfare services, prevention of blindness, and other programmes and schemes for the blind in Malaysia.

Solicit the support of the government and other agencies for services, programmes and schemes to be carried out for the socio-economic advancement of the blind.

Present a common approach to relevant government bodies, the private sector, and the Malaysian public in general, on issues that may affect the welfare of the blind, and to liaise with other organisations serving other categories of disabled persons.

Represent Malaysia in all international bodies concerned with the work for the blind, and appoint the Malaysian delegates to any national or international conferences.

The National Council for the Blind, Malaysia set up the Braille Press on 1 April, 1998 under the Chairmanship of the late Datin Roquaiya Hanim Tun Hussein. It was officially declared open by Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Abdul Razak, the then Minister of Education, Malaysia, on 24 November 1998.   


  • To have a fully-equipped Braille printing press to meet the needs of Braille users in the country.
  • To provide a facility where organisations and individuals may receive prompt and reliable Braille transcription services.
  • To ensure that blind people have access to the same information as their sighted counterparts when attending official functions, religious services or private gatherings.
  • To help create opportunities for blind people to hold responsible and administrative positions by making available appropriate Braille reference materials.
  • To promote Braille literacy and to work towards making the Braille Press the standard-setter for Braille systems used in the country.


To collaborate with the Ministry of Education, Malaysia, in ensuring that blind and visually impaired students enjoy their rights  to Braille text books and reference materials, whereby, giving them equal opportunities to education.



Donation Method:

National Council for the Blind, Malaysia (NCBM). 
     Contact Person: Moses Choo (ext 311)                 TEL: +603 2272 4959
     Accounts Department (ext 325)

Account name    : National Council for the Blind, Malaysia
Bank Name        : EON Bank
Bank Address    : Brickfields, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, 
                               Kuala Lumpur
Account number : 0061-10-001886-9
Swift Code         : EOBBMYKL
to National Council for the Blind, Malaysia OR send it to the following address:

National Council for the Blind, Malaysia
94 B, Jalan Tun Sambanthan,
50470, Brickfields,
Kuala Lumpur,


(Kindly check out www.ncbm.org.my for further information)

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