Badan Latihan dan Hidup Berdikari Malaysia (ILTC) pada 23hb Mac 2016 menyerahkan memorandum kepada ahli-ahli parlimen mendesak supaya golongan orang kurang upaya (OKU) dikecualikan daripada cukai barangan dan perkhidmatan (GST).

Disabled Members Protest

Disabled Members Protest
Disabled Members Protest at JPJ Wangsa Maju

ILTC Malaysia members staged a protest outside JPJ Wangsamaju KL.

ILTC Malaysia members staged a protest outside JPJ Wangsamaju KL.
Disabled group’s protest disabled drivers required to produce doc's medical report.

Friday, 8 January 2010

Taking stock

Thursday January 7, 2010

Taking stock

ONE of the things I relish most about the new year is the opportunity to engage in some retrospection, to take stock of the things that have impacted our lives in the past 12 months.

Whether events are good or unpleasant, they can provide valuable learning points for growth.

This to me is far better than any of the usual things that we do during every yearend celebration to mark the passing of the old and the dawning of the new.

2009 in this respect has been my most significant teacher yet in the classroom of life. I can’t begin to tell you how much I’ve learnt as a city councillor for Petaling Jaya (MBPJ), and as an individual with a disability.

I am thankful for all the support I received, especially the backing of my able-bodied colleagues on issues affecting the handicapped.

Such championing has turned the local council from being an entity that once was thought to provide too few disabled-friendly facilities to a vibrant one that is very much in touch with the needs of the disabled community.

Improved designs – incorporating audible and electronic alarms – in toilets for the disabled, covered car parks around the city, new guidelines for management of homes for the elderly, and free dog licences for vulnerable groups receiving animal-assisted therapy, are some of the many wonderful changes that I’ve been lucky to be part of, particularly in the past year.

None of these many milestones for the disabled would have come about without the setting up of a special disability committee chaired by a disabled person.

It would be great if all local councils throughout the country could come up with a New Year resolution to set up disability committees in their locales to speed up attempts to reach out to disabled and elderly residents.

Another valuable service is the provision of disabled-friendly vans to transport the handicapped and the elderly.

These vehicles come with a hydraulic lift that makes wheelchair access into the vans a breeze.

The wheelchair user can remain seated whilst the wheelchair is being hauled up into the van. The MBPJ vans offer free rides to the handicapped anywhere in Petaling Jaya. This is a wonderful opportunity for the handicap to get out of their houses and do something positive with their lives, instead of being confined to their homes because of the lack of public transport.

All local councils should look into providing vans and services like these in their respective councils.

The National Welfare Department should also get into the act.

All the vans I’ve seen that are currently provided by them are used to ferry their able-bodied officers. One wonders why the department did not come up with such an initiative in the first place, given their longstanding tradition and experience of working with the disabled. A new mindset will certainly go a long way in making a positive difference in the lives of Malaysians with disabilities.

1 comment:

Kamlesh Panchal said...

You guys are doing great work. Kudos! I am a disabled in India aged 40, Accounts Professional with a wife and a son of 8. I want to come to Malaysia, find a job there, and settle there. My family and I love Malaysia. Can ILTC Malaysia give me an opportunity to serve? Reply me at