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MALAYSIANS WITH DISABILITIES will finally be able to seek the help of the courts when their rights are violated.
Efforts to make this happen is being initiated by three key persons from the disability and legal fields.
The persons were two local councillors from thePetaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) Jeyaseelen Anthony and Anthony Thanasayan together with disabled activist Francis Siva.
They met in Kuala Lumpur last week to study the2008 Persons with Disabilities Act in Malaysia in order to see how the important piece of legislature can have bite in it.
|Jeyaseelen about on his MBPJ duties|
"The PWD Act provides for the protection of disabled person's rights but sadly, it's enforcement by the authorities is far from satisfactory," he added.
Jeyaseelen who is also a consultant at the Faculty of Law in University Malaya in in the capital went on to point out that schools, public buildings, parks and others, are still not disabled friendly despite the existence of the Act.
"The National Council for PWDs - despite being formed three years ago - has yet to come forward with proposals and recommendations over these issues - something which they are mandated to do under the Act.
"We need action; not just talk on the part of the authorities.
"The Act needs to be given life," Jeyaseelen stressed.
|Court is best says Francis|
"It is high time that the public sees us as equal citizens with the able-bodied," he said, adding that "starting court action is one of the most powerful and effective way to demonstrate this."
Francis made his remarks immediately after the group held their meeting in Mid Valley Megamall last Monday.
|Ready to support|
Thanasayan said the group is planning to check out several new school buildings as its first project to see if it is accessible to wheelchair users.
If the facilities are found to be lacking, the team will promptly write to the Ministry of Education and demand an explanation before taking the matter to court.
Watch this space for more on this exciting development.