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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

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Take part in Wheelchair tennis at Dec 9 Carnival 4 Inclusion 2018

Wheelchair tennis is one of the forms of tennis adapted for wheelchair users. In wheelchair tennis as compared to pedestrian tennis, he size of the court, net height, rackets, are the same. The main differences are the athletes use specially designed wheelchairs, and the ball may bounce up to two times, where the second bounce may also occur outside the court. Wheelchair Tennis Malaysia was estalished in 1998 as the Association to develop national and international athletes in competitive wheelchair tennis. The athletes are from Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Perak,Negeri Sembilan,Melaka and Penang have competed and won medals at Asian and … Continued

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PROMOTING INCLUSION THROUGH SPORTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DISABILITY 2018   Join para sportsmen and women at the first ever Carnival 4 Inclusion 2018, which aims to promote parasports to members of the public this coming 9th December 2018 at the Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Malaya.   The inaugural event is organised by Challenges Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Malaya to promote parasports to members of the public, also in conjunction with the International Day of Disability 2018 which falls on 3 December 2018.   Commenting on this initiative, Ms Mary Chen, … Continued

Muhamad Ashraf with his medals


  by  Muhamad Ashraf Bin Muhammad Haisham     My name is Muhamad Ashraf. I was born 22 years ago in Pulau Pangkor, Perak. I studied at SMK Batu Sepuluh Setiawan, Perak and was very active in athletics. Every year, I represented my school, district and state in cross country and 1500m events. I aspired to don the national colours and represent Malaysia in athletics. On 12 January 2013, I was involved in a motorcycle accident in Lumut which changed my life. I was hospitalised at the Ipoh General Hospital with what I thought was a minor injury. Unfortunately, doctors … Continued