In times of disaster

HOW prepared are we in dealing with the evacuation and rescue of disabled persons in Malaysia in the event of disasters? After an eight-year journey in searching for answers, I am still no closer to finding a government policy or... more »

Stand up and be counted

THE Persons with Disabilities Act 2008 (PWD Act 2008) has been in force for five years. One of the main complaints against this Act is that it is non-punitive. Many of us see it as toothless because there are no... more »

Universal design

MANY accessible facilities in public buildings are non-functional from day one. This is a poor reflection of the people who design buildings as a profession. The facilities are included without considering how safe and functional they are for disabled people.... more »

Getting it right

ONE would expect that the wheelchair logo beside a male and female symbol to indicate a toilet suitable for disabled persons. That was what I used to believe, until I had a couple of nasty experiences using them. I was... more »

The right to be ordinary

I DREAM of strolling by the beach with my wife Wuan, enjoying the briny taste of the air and the sensation of waves lapping on our feet. I dream of traipsing jungle trails, embracing the greenery and soaking in the... more »

A mother’s love

DURING the third trimester of her pregnancy, Rafidah Rafizah Ahmad was told she carried twins but that one had died. The situation put the surviving twin at risk of suffering heart and brain problems. Further tests revealed that the surviving... more »
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