Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Stop scarring the disabled further | Free Malaysia Today

Stop scarring the disabled further | Free Malaysia Today

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Hindu Sangam flays Sivan temple management | Free Malaysia Today

Hindu Sangam flays Sivan temple management | Free Malaysia Today

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Furore over temple rule against wheelchairs | Free Malaysia Today

Furore over temple rule against wheelchairs | Free Malaysia Today

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

BBC News - Missing Malaysia plane: What we know

BBC News - Missing Malaysia plane: What we know

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Saturday, April 05, 2014

Shah Alam City Council Discriminating Against Dog Owners

Report from StarMetro today: 

PET owners in Shah Alam and several non-governmental organisations want the city council to review the requirement to get their immediate neighbours’ consent for getting dog licences.

They say it is unfair that their application for licences is not approved by the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) simply because neighbours do not want to give consent.

A couple known only as Hong and Hui, have not been able to obtain licences for their Doberman and an adopted stray as they do not have the required consent because of a feud with their neighbour.
“MBSA officers threatened to take the dogs away, so we took the dogs to our factory site,” said Hui.

Hong is also puzzled by the requirement for the signature because their bungalow home was spacious.

Their house, he said, has a 10ft setback on both left and right as well as 15ft setback at the backyard.

“There is so much space.

“We do not even place the dogs near our objecting neighbour’s side.
“So why is it necessary for us to get permission from neighbours?” he asked.

Another pet lover, Daniel Lee said his friend who lived in a corner unit discovered that his neighbour had complained about his dog when he applied for a licence.

“My friend’s dog barks at cats running by.

“The council gave him a notice to remove the dog immediately,” he added.

Lee’s friend had to give the dog away and the money spent on a kennel at the house was wasted.

Lee, who lives in Petaling Jaya, added that the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) was more understanding to the plight of dog owners.

“They have celebrations such as the World Animal Day and take the effort to understand pet owners.

“People are a local council’s biggest asset, so listening to our voices will help go a long way,” he added.

Selangor president for the Malaysian Animal-Assisted Therapy for the Disabled and Elderly Association (Petpositive) Anthony Thanasayan said the ruling to get neighbour’s consent for dog licence started in 2005.

It sparked a protest by NGOs and animal lovers outside MBSA, following which the city council said it was only a procedure and would not determine the status of the application.

Anthony, who is a former MBPJ councillor, said all councils should investigate the legitimacy of people’s complaints against their neighbour’s dogs.

“Not approving applications upon receiving complaints is the easy way out and is not acceptable,” he said, adding that MBSA should focus on responsible pet ownership, monitoring the dogs and educating the owners.

Anthony also suggested that owners get relevant NGOs’ help to educate them on keeping pets to ensure they did not become a nuisance to the community and the neighbourhood.

Malaysian Animal Welfare Society president Shenaaz Khan said it was the right of every individual to own a pet.

She said the complaints were akin to giving an individual excess power over their neighbour.

“Is the council going to deny a disabled person his or her service dog because their neighbour lodged a complaint?” she added.

S. Gopalasingam, 81, from Section 2 Shah Alam has no problems getting licence for his dog every year because his neighbours are grateful for the dog’s presence as it deterred thieves and robbers.

MBSA deputy corporate communications director Shahrin Ahmad, however, said the consent was vital to preserve ties in the community.

“We want to ensure the peace and harmony in a neighbourhood is maintained at all times, hence the need to get your neighbour’s approval to own a dog,” he added.

Shahrin said if dog owners failed to get the signatures, they can submit an appeal letter to MBSA’s Licensing and Enforcement Department.
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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The Loss of a Disabled Hero

The loss of a disabled hero

 | April 2, 2014

Hours before Chong Tuck Meng went into surgery, he told this writer that he was looking forward to get back at once to his advocacy work again.
COMMENT
Anthony-SB ThanasayanThe local disabled community lost one of its best known activists last month. Chong Tuck Meng, aged 52 and who hails from Bentong in Pahang, died a fortnight ago in a private hospital in Kuala Lumpur. He underwent a kidney stone surgery that became complicated.

No one knows Chong better than 55-year-old Francis Siva. He also owes a great deal of appreciation to Chong for helping him cope with his life of disability all these years.

“I was in a state of total depression after I became paralysed from my neck down following a motor accident,” recalled Francis from Rawang, Selangor.

“Being a very active businessman before my accident, my handicapped state was just too much for me to bear. I just wanted to die,” he added.

“I refused to cooperate with my doctors or physiotherapists. Even professional counsellors couldn’t get to me. I simply refused to believe that life was worth living again.”

That was almost 30 years ago.

Today, however, Francis is president of the Independent Living and Training Centre Malaysia – a uniquely successful self help disability centre which helps empower Malaysians with disabilities like himself.

The ILTC helps disabled people mostly from poor backgrounds to take charge of their lives with independent living skills and plan out their lives.

“I sometimes shudder at the thought of what would have happened if I had committed suicide way back then during those initial days of confusion,” said Francis.

Which is why he is ever grateful to have met Chong.

Francis first met Chong in 1987 in Hospital Kuala Lumpur. This was about six months after Francis’ accident.

“The doctors intentionally placed my bed next to Chong who was also a tetraplegic like me.
“They told me they were doing this with the hope that by me talking to Chong, it would help me accept my disability and move forward,” Francis explained.

Chong had the experience of becoming handicapped two years earlier which made him paralysed like Francis.

Chong was riding pillion on his best friend’s motorcycle when it suddenly lost control. His friend escaped with only minor scratches whilst Chong bore the brunt of the mishap.

“Although Chong warmly greeted me with a smile, I suddenly found myself coiling up.

“I knew it was a rude thing to do but I couldn’t help myself. I remember feeling that my life was ended and the last thing I wanted to do was to have a ward mate in the exact same condition as I was.”

Wheelchair advocate
002And although Francis never spoke to Chong for nearly two months, the latter didn’t seem to mind it.

“Chong seem to understand that I needed time to get over my depression. He would still be nice to me and make polite talk even though I never replied. And then, things started to slowly change.”
Francis started to observe the positive way in which Chong treated life.

Although he couldn’t move around without the help of others, he never complained. Instead he tried to do things often with the help of nurses and his family members who came to visit him.
These ranged from having his meals, shifting from his bed and to the bathroom and going around in the ward to talk with other patients and the hospital staff.

The biggest impact that Chong made on Francis was when the former got discharged 10 months later.
But Chong never forgot his friends in the ward. He came back to visit, something he would do again and again, just to encourage them.

“When Chong returned, he was no longer in patients’ garb. He was dressed well with normal clothes and spoke with a lot of confidence.

That was the major turning point for me that made me realise that there was life after disability – even for the profoundly paralysed like Chong and me.”

It wasn’t until after Francis was discharged about 4 years later from the government hospital that both he and Chong started working together on projects to help improve the quality of lives of disabled Malaysians.

These included areas of counselling, job employment to advocacy for disabled welfare and rights with the government.

Chong especially excelled in the field of advocacy. He was never afraid to speak his mind whenever it involved the interest of disabled people.

He would boldly express his views in public to ministers, health care experts and to social workers.
Some of the issues he passionately fought for were for special caregivers to look after people like him and the cost to be footed by the government as is being practised by other countries.

Chong also strongly felt that every disabled person in the country should be given RM500 a month as an aid to daily living and rising costs.

Ongoing work
001He pointed out that some of the national budget for the disabled over the recent years were some of the worst he had ever seen by not addressing the real needs of the disabled.

Hours before Chong went into surgery he told this writer that he was looking forward to his week long recuperation prognosis and get back at once to his advocacy work again, among others.

But as fate would have it; his presence was needed more elsewhere – leaving all of us who respected and admired this great champion of a man to carry on with his key work and mission here on earth.

Chong headed wheelchair basketball and rugby in Malaysia. He was a great believer in animal-assisted therapy.

The wheelchair advocate relied on his personal schools of goldfishes in his half dozen aquariums for daily de-stress in facing his challenges each day.

Anthony SB Thanasayan is a wheelchair and animal activist. He is also a former city councillor.

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