Najwa Mahmud concentrating on the task she was given at the competition

Teen with learning disability emerges as champion at National Abilympics Competition

Abilympics Malaysia welcomed 19-year-old Najwa Mahmud from Selangor into its team of Abilympians who will represent the country at the 10th International Abilympics Competition. Najwa Mahmud who has a  learning disability, took the first spot at the National Abilympics Competition for the skill category of Data Processing – Basic. Open to Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) who are able to perform tasks using Microsoft Access version 2016 and/or the latest version, the competition was judged by Ganesan V. Murugesu. Ganesan is a training officer from CIAST who holds a Masters Degree in Engineering and has 10 years of experience in the … Continued

Educational Platform launched at Tollyjoy Baby Day on 22 October, 2019


Becoming a parent can be the greatest yet most challenging experience with both joyful as well as stressful moments. No parent can ever be fully prepared for the role. Each day offers a new learning curve and for young parents, access to a knowledge and support network is priceless to help them manage the huge responsibility that comes with having a newborn.   Understanding this psyche and the need to journey with parents as they bring up their babies, Tollyjoy Corporation has collaborated with PPAS (Perbadanan Perpustakaan Awam Selangor) Jaya One and OrphanCare Foundation (OrphanCare) to launch ‘Partners in Parenting’, … Continued

Bridging communications for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing with Google

Smartphones are key to helping all of us get through our days, from getting directions to translating a word. But for people with disabilities, phones have the potential to do even more to connect people to information and help them perform everyday tasks. Today on the premises of YMCA Kuala Lumpur, members of the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community discovered how their smartphones can help them in their everyday life.   In conjunction with the 2019 International Deaf Day event hosted by YMCA Kuala Lumpur and Pusat Majudiri Y, the community members were introduced to two accessibility apps – Live Transcribe … Continued

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LETTER TO EDITOR Leave No One Behind, Leave No Persons with Disabilities Behind! 1 October 2019 – The Persons with Disabilities (PwD) Act, 2008 fails to protect and uphold the rights of persons with disabilities. The PwD Act also fails to be fully in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), to which Malaysia has been a state party for more than 11 years. Malaysia has not once submitted its country report (to the United Nations), since it ratified the CRPD on 19 July 2010. Malaysia has yet to withdraw its reservations to … Continued



Art Includes 2019, an arts festival for persons with disabilities (PWDs) was held at Ruang ThinkCity in Kuala Lumpur recently with various interesting activities. Guests presenter include blind MasterChef US winner Christine Ha, hearing-impaired Singaporean piano virtuoso Azariah Tan, veteran Malaysian radio presenter and actor Patrick Teoh, autistic teen painter Wan Jamila Wan Shaiful Bahri from Shah Alam, visually impaired photographer Jamaliah Mohd Yasin and Sabahan singer-songwriter Rozella. A first in Malaysia, Art Includes is the brainchild of Stevens Chan, founder of the social enterprise Dialogue in the Dark Malaysia. Chan lost his sight to glaucoma in 2002 and despite … Continued

Teamwork for better healthcare in DMD

As a child, Kenny Lee used to fall down often and experienced muscle cramps without any reason. It was only much later that he was diagnosed with a  prograssieve neuromuscular disease known as Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)..   Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) According to consultant paediatric neurologist Dr Tay Chee Geap,  this neuromuscular disease is caused by the lack of dystrophin, a natural protein vital for muscle development. He said, DMD is caused by a X-linked genetic mutation in the DNA that is responsible for production of dystrophin, a protein responsible for maintaining muscle cell structure and functions.   This … Continued

Prof Dato Wan Azman Wan Ahmad demonstrating on a simulator how a drug coated balloon is inserted into a patient’s heart. Looking on is (from left) Prof Bruno Scheller, Mr Pallraj Arumugam, Dr Muhamad Ali Sheikh Abdul Kader and Datuk Dr Rosli Mohd Ali.

Malaysia – Germany joint heart research project launched

   Six top Malaysian cardiologists to participate in study on Coronary Artery Disease treatment options, reports June Nguyễn Nam Trân   The  SCB DE-NOVO STUDY, a two-country study between Malaysia and Germany was launched in conjunction with the 16th International Cardiovascular Society of Malaysia’s annual scientific conference (MyLIVE). In  Petaling Jaya.   The study  will compare two devices – paclitaxel coated balloon and sirolimus coated balloon – under the same conditions to learn more about their efficacy and safety for patients with coronary artery disease. It will be conducted over a period of 1.5 years.   The Malaysian cardiologists from six … Continued

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15 Malaysians with disabilities to vie for gold at the 10th International Abilympics Russia in 2020

The Malaysian Council for Rehabilitation (MCR) organised a High Tea event themed, ‘International Abilympics Hi-Tea’ recently at the Seri Pacific Hotel, Kuala Lumpur to raise funds for the 15 participants (“Abilympians”) who will represent the country at the 10th International Abilympics scheduled to take place in Moscow, Russia next year. What is Abilympics? Abilympics originates from the phrase, ‘Olympics of Abilities’. It is an international vocational skills competition for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and aims to showcase the potential capabilities of PWDs that they have skills on par with anyone else and therefore encourages a surge in employment opportunities for … Continued

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IPC strips Malaysia of right to host 2019 World Para Swimming Championships

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) on Sunday (27 January) stripped Malaysia of the right to host the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships, which were due to be held in Kuching between 29 July and 4 August. The decision was taken by the IPC Governing Board at its meeting in London, Great Britain, after the Home Ministry of Malaysia failed to provide the necessary guarantees that Israeli Para swimmers could participate, free from discrimination, and safely in the Championships. This includes full compliance with the IPC protocols related to anthems and flags, and where required the provision of relevant visas. Andrew … Continued

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  The process to decide the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games sport programme started in November 2017. Originally eight new sports and three sport disciplines applied for inclusion in the Games. In January 2018, six of these applicants – CP Football, golf, karate, Para dance sport, powerchair football and sailing – progressed to Phase Two of the exercise. Between February 2018 and July 2018, the six new and 22 existing Paralympic sports completed and submitted a comprehensive application pack as part of Phase Two. This allowed the IPC to measure the strength and potential of each sport. The pack featured a … Continued