Creating opportunities for those with disabilities

Source: NST Online

National paralympian (from L) Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli, Siti Noor Radiah Ismail, Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi, and Abdul Latif Romly pose with their respective gold and bronze medals they won at Rio 2016 Paralympics. Bernama pix.

National paralympian (from L) Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli, Siti Noor Radiah Ismail, Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi, and Abdul Latif Romly pose with their respective gold and bronze medals they won at Rio 2016 Paralympics. Bernama pix.

IT is nice to talk about a society that is inclusive and accessible to Persons with Disabilities (PWD), but do we know what that entails?

What do they need to take care of their families as well as attain their ambitions?

How many Malaysians have asked themselves these questions?

Social welfare workers and activists do not count.

The average Malaysian is likely to look at a PWD and express sympathy to a friend or two, besides making a small donation when someone asks for it, but it stops at that. The reality suggests that Malaysia has yet to wake up to disability. PWD are among the vulnerable groups in the society, according to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam).

The country ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on July 6, 2010, with reservations about Articles 15 and 18.

It has not signed the Optional Protocols to this convention. However, the Commission notes that ratification of the CRPD is a step towards proving Malaysia’s readiness to translate these rights into action. Read more

Activist calls on Malaysians to support Paralympic contingent

Source: The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians should support the nation’s Paralympics contingent in Rio de Janeiro to see what people with disabilities (PWDs) are capable of, said Malaysian Disabled Development Society president Mohd Faisal Che Yusof.

“It is about awareness among Malaysians towards the potential and abilities of PWDs. This is a very basic and common challenge. Malaysians can be aware of means and ways to support PWDs in every aspect of their lives, including sports and the Paralympics,” said Mohd Faisal.

He said that events like the Paralympics could help Malaysians see the issues faced by PWDs.

“Events like the Paralympics can help Malaysians to ‘wake up’ when it comes to issues faced by people with disabilities. This is a very common, very basic challenge in our society. Only then can we talk about equal treatment for our athletes. The public still isn’t fully aware about the abilities of PWDs,” said Mohd Faisal who also serves as a Bar Council Human Rights Committee member. Read more