Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Serious Issue Of Disabled Discrimination In Taman Megah Market

Disabled trader claims harassment

Tashny Sukumaran | February 22, 2011
Wheelchair-bound vendor at Taman Megah Market seeks mayor’s intercession

PETALING JAYA: A wheelchair-bound seller of frozen foods is seeking the mayor’s help to keep her space at the Taman Megah Market.

Sher Nee claims she is being harassed by other vendors to move towards the back of the market.
Her stall is designed for people with disabilities; it is close to a ramp and has extra space in front of it to accommodate her wheelchair. The fruit and vegetable vendors in the rear areas of the market have been complaining about congestion.

MBPJ councillor Anthony Thanasayan, Taman Megah Resident’s Association (Temara) chairman Francis Lee and the president of Independent Living and Training Centre, Francis Siva, highlighted her plight at a press conference today.

According to Lee, Temara approached MBPJ councillor Tiew Way Keng for help in seeking a solution but he has not been cooperative. Nee said Tiew even scolded her.

She submitted a memorandum to Thanasayan today to seek the mayor’s intercession.

Thanasayan said he would investigate the matter. “This is a serious issue as it touches upon the discrimination of the disabled,” he said.

Nee said she would not be able to continue doing business if she were to move to the back because the stalls there were not disabled-friendly.

The front stalls are occupied by vendors who are elderly, disabled or in poor health.

PJ Utara MP Tony Pua told FMT the issue had less to do with discrimination of the disabled and more with the market being badly designed for traffic flow.

He said there would be another press conference on the issue this Thursday and that Temara, MBPJ and the Hawkers’ Association would be represented. Tiew would also be there, he added.

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Anonymous said...

What a laugh! Tony Pua says it isn't much of a discrimination issue.

How do you know Tony? You been disabled lately or just not seeing it as a disability issue because the DAP is behind it this time?

Traffic problem? What? Cars and buses driving through the market?

Having another press conference are you to try and cover up the DAP's blunder?

Why don't you help the disabled lady instead to keep her stall?

I know who I'm voting for in the next GE.

Anonymous said...

If this is done by BN then it is discrimination, if done by DAP appointed councillor then it is a building design problem. Well smart Oxford grad talking. I think our MP is seriously mentally disabled

Anak Malaysia said...

This is an opportunity for PR's part-time economist / part-time philosopher to demonstrate his savvy in handling "grassroots issues". Or lack thereof. :D

Albert said...

I am a resident of Taman Megah.

If Anthony Thanasayan, who is also a MBPJ councillor doesn't know the actual situation & events, he should keep his mouth shut instead of accusing Tony Pua.

Rocketeer said...

I can attest that MP Tony and Councillor Tiew has the general rakyat's welfare @ heart. Disable or well being, I can say for sure.....these are elected and accountable wakil rakyats that serves the public......

Mike Simon said...

This is totally outrageous and unacceptable coming from Tony Pua. Believe me, its all about votes and the MP is now facing the heat from the traders. Although I don't subscribe to the BN politics, they'll never deprive the disabled of earning a decent living. This is DAP. They have yet to fulfill their promises. Tony Pua, you have failed to deliver and its time you move aside. You keep disappointing all of Malaysia with you unsubstantiated outburst. Let a more abled, concerned and competent MP look after the interest of Petaling Utara. DAP, you just lost ONE vote! More to follow!