A friend like no other

THE first time I met Jenny Tan, I was garbed in a white hospital-style cotton blouse and sarong although I was already discharged from the hospital a few months earlier. I was referred to her for physiotherapy. My mother had... more »

National Day reflections

TODAY we celebrate National Day. As with previous years, I have taken the opportunity to look back and ponder over the meaning of this day. How far have we progressed from that momentous day when the British lowered the Union... more »

Four steps to empowerment and change

IGNORANCE is not bliss where disability rights are concerned. The lack of awareness often leads to abuse, oppression and discrimination. Disabled persons who are oblivious of these rights accept that the unfair treatments they receive are the direct result of... more »

Of quacks and snake oil pedlars

“WHAT is wrong with you?” a stranger asked as I passed by him outside a shop. He had been observing me from a distance. “There is nothing wrong with me,” I responded, feigning ignorance. I already knew where the question... more »

The bane of man-made barriers

MY teenage years in the Boy Scout troop were full of adventures. We hiked across jungle trails to camp at secluded beaches. Two of the more strenuous activities that I enjoyed were cycling around the island of Penang and abseiling... more »

Privileges and rights

SATURDAYS are grocery shopping days for my wife Wuan and me. We usually spend a few hours at the supermarket in a shopping mall to stock up on fresh food that we need for the following week such as fish,... more »
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