MBPJ workshop raises awareness on making the city disabled-friendly

Source: The Star Online

Participants of the Audit in the Built Environment Petaling Jaya seminar and workshop making a field trip to access the one-way loop in Section 52 to ensure the roads are barrier free for all and are disabled-friendly. Pic taken from The Star Online.

Participants of the Audit in the Built Environment Petaling Jaya seminar and workshop making a field trip to access the one-way loop in Section 52 to ensure the roads are barrier free for all and are disabled-friendly. Pic taken from The Star Online.

THE disabled and the elderly can enjoy a better quality of life only when the public infrastructure caters to their needs.

Most disabled look forward to these facilities and the first step is to make public places accessible to all.

With this in mind Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) conducted a seminar and workshop titled “Access Audit In The Built Environment”.

The session was attended by the disabled, architects and MBPJ’s planning sector officials.

Participants of the seminar were informed that there were 436,317 people with disabilities in the country registered with the Social Welfare Department as at December 2012.

The number is definitely more as many do not register their disabled children with the department. Read more

Study links hookup apps for gays to HIV epidemic, but activists point to stigma

Source: The Malaysian Insider

A United Nations report found a surge of HIV infections among those aged between 10 and 19 in the Asia-Pacific region, and the epidemic is fastest growing among men who have sex with men. – Reuters pic, December 1, 2015.

In conjunction with World AIDS Day today, The Malaysian Insider looks at the use of dating apps such as Grindr, and whether claims that they spur the spread of HIV among homosexual men are true.

In Muslim-majority Malaysia, the gay community has long been demonised as a social ill, and conservatives have often linked it to Western-liberal values.

Yet despite the taboo, Grindr, Scruff, and Hornet – mobile apps that enable gay men hook up with one another are popular in the country.

Finding a gay partner on Grindr, for instance, is as simple as downloading the app onto your mobile phone, creating an account with your email, and scanning through the profile pictures. Read more