IT ISN'T OFTEN that activists like me get to publicly get things off my chest.
This is one exception.
Those of you who regularly read PET+BLOGSPOT would know by now about the great opportunity we had to meet a Minister recently in order to help resolve some pressing problems of disabled people in the country.
Though the meeting proved to be a big success, little did I know what was coming.
I received a nasty message from someone I considered to be a friend until I got the message expressing his great disappointment that I had not taken him along for the meeting.
Yes, he is a person with a disability.
Not only that, but he started bombarding me with threatening messages of revenge - even to the point of saying he was going to organise a press conference against me.
That "threat" is supposed to take place sometime today.
The funny thing is my meeting with the top government official had nothing whatsoever to do with him.
I had made the appointment directly with the Minister. And the person concerned was gracious enough to give me an audience - despite a very busy schedule.
I didn't want to crowd the official with too many people.
So I took four representatives from four NGOs who included a medical specialist, a PhD holder, a disabled activist and me.
But the complainant who didn't represent any organisation wanted to arbitrarily tag along.
It was clear in the end that he wanted a free ride.
There was also the possibility that he was even a tad bit jealous over my role in the event.
What a sad state of affairs.
Instead of being happy that our visit proved to be a success and a good thing for the disabled community as a whole, the person in question was only interested in two things: Himself! And his chance to be with a minister.
This incident reminded me of another occasion which had an even uglier side.
This time it was an able-bodied person.
Professing to want to help people with disabilities, the person was initially helpful to our Society.
But then, things turned sour.
That was after he discovered that I had organised a festive party at a leading hotel in Petaling Jaya for some very poor disabled people.
He sent me an SMS of disappointment saying that I did not extend an invitation to him.
He felt he deserved an invite simply because he was a "friend" of mine and had "helped me."
How could I? He was NOT disabled.
And this was a party FOR THE HANDICAPPED.
Even many of our committee members in Petpositive who are not disabled were not invited to attend the event.
If this guy came, a disabled person would have had to be deprived of a very precious once-in-a-lifetime seat.
But that, obviously, was not something that would likely prick his conscience.
And it's not that the creep hasn't been to any such functions before.
But I guess, it's all about shameless greed at the end of the day.
People just want to take, and take, and take.
They have no thoughts about giving back some of their blessings to society, the needy and the less fortunate.
The two people that I mention are no longer my "friends" anymore.
However, I am none the poorer by their loss.
I mentioned this incident in my page under Facebook the other day and was simply overwhelmed by the many responses I received.
First, here's what I wrote:
Here were the responses I got - as well as my reply to them.
Friends, as they say, you totally rawk! :)
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