Langkawi, always alluring and amazingly beautiful

Challenges Disability Journalists Training programme trainee Helen Lam shares her experience. It was Helen Lam’s first trip to Langkawi after becoming visual impaired; and that too for work. She was covering the Ironman Langkawi 2010 for Challenges Magazine, Malaysia’s 1st cross-disability lifestyle magazine. Her stay albeit short left her mesmerized at the beautiful nature around her. A tranquility morning, after saying goodbye to my family, I set out on my first trip toLangkawi. When I arrived at the airport, I walked to the information counter to ask for help to check –in but the counter staff said that i had … Continued

IRONMAN winner Zbynek Svehla

  Zbynek’s maiden Ironman Langkawi 2010 win There is something about the Ironman Triathlon event. It never fails to attract participants from near and far, be they old or young, able or disabled. And Ironman Langkawi 2010 was one such event in point. For disabled contestant Zbynek Svehla from the Czech republic, he had been taking part in the Ironman challenge since he was 19. Now, at 35 and for the first time, he won the Ironman Langkawi 2010 championship. This was his time participanting after his first triathlon in Langkawi held two years ago. The Ironman Langkawi is a … Continued

GO GO Ironman Yanagawa!

Personality Profile   Blindness was no excuse for Ironman Langkawi’s participant, Yanagawa Harumi, to have as much fun possible Fifty –four- year-old Yanagawa Harumi from Japan was the only “blind man” to participate in the Ironman Langkawi 2010. This was his fourth time contesting in this race, having been a participant in Ironman held in America, Japan and Korea among others. Yanagawa makes it a point to participate twice each year in the event. Having lost his sight when he was eight due to an eye infection, Yanagawa never despaired. He learned Braille, massage and acupuncture, going on to become … Continued

Father and a daughter holding hands.


In celebration of Father’s Day, we learn  from three extraordinarily special dads the meaning of sacrifice, true love and the belief that a deaf father can do a great job like any other father, with the help of a loving mother. At the same time, these dads readily attribute their family successes to their wives, without whom they would not have enjoyed fatherhood so much. It was once said, “Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad”. Fathers are very special people to their children. Often seen as less hands-on parents than mothers, fathers, … Continued

Team members of AICHR Regional Forum on Media

AICHR Regional Forum on Media and Human Rights in ASEAN, 16 & 17 May 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) organised the AICHR Regional Forum on Media and Human Rights in ASEAN on 16 and 17 May 2016 at Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur. The Forum was led by AICHR-Malaysia working in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Communications and Information, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM), ASEAN Secretariat and the Regional Europe-ASEAN Dialogue Instrument, Human Rights Facility (READI, HRF). The Forum was the first AICHR Priority Programme for 2016 led by Malaysia since H.E. Edmund Bon Tai Soon’s appointment as the new Representative of Malaysia to AICHR … Continued

Logo for Rio 2016- Paralympic Games

100 Days Countdown to RIO 2016 Paralympics

Around 4,350 athletes form 170 countries are set to compete across 22 sports at the Games which open on Wednesday 7 September at the city’s famous Maracana Stadium. International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Sir Philip Craven said that with 100 days to go until the Rio 2016 Paralympics he fully expects September’s Games to be the best ever in terms of athletic performance. At the London 2012 Paralympics 251 world records were set and the IPC President thinks Latin America’s first Games will see many more record breaking performances. Sir Philip said: “I am fully confident that Rio 2016 will be … Continued

Encouraging school children to work towards a green nation.

TrEES and P&G Recruit Green Warriors to Protect Planet Earth

Treat Every Environment Special (TrEES) together with Procter & Gamble Malaysia (P&G) launched the Pahlawan Planet campaign today.   A campaign for secondary schools, Pahlawan Planet is designed to educate, cultivate and reinforce a culture of caring for the environment by embracing the 4Rs (Rethink, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle). Through home-to-school recycling projects as well as outreach activities, students will advocate that caring for the environment begins with themselves, for themselves.   “Following the Government’s move to mandate separation of recyclables last year, the Pahlawan Planet campaign provides students with the opportunity to go beyond the classroom and be the … Continued

New tandem bicycle

Our new tandem bicycle at KL Car Free Morning

Challenges Media was at KL Car Free Morning, where everything that has wheels but no engine gets together. Hundreds of cyclists, skaters and wheelchair users joined together and took over the roads of Kuala Lumpur. At the Challenges Media booth we presented tandem bicycles – cycle for change including our newest prototype that is steered from the rear seat and can be folded to easily fit in every car. Our mission is to enable special needs children learn to cycle with support of ride leaders. With the concept of our new tandem it is possible to have a children seated … Continued

BOH Cameronian Gold Blend packages

Limited edition BOH Cameronian Gold Blend packages launched in tribute of traditional performing arts.

  In conjunction with the 13th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards, BOH Plantations Sdn. Bhd. (BOH) has released the limited edition BOH Cameronian Gold Blend packages in tribute of three performing arts genres in Malaysia – Bangsawan, Wayang Kulit and Mak Yong. ‘Yesterday for Tomorrow’ theme Following this year’s Awards theme of ‘Yesterday for Tomorrow’, the canister packages combine traditional Malay designs with bold colours that reflect the unique art form and theatrical elements of each performance. Bangsawan, which gives the audience a glimpse into the lives of royalties through song and dance, accompanied by traditional instruments such as tabla and … Continued

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In spite of the emotional barriers, people with autism do have successful careers and long term relationships. Management of the disability takes away most of the difficulties, enabling a productive life.

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