Persons with disabilities (PWD) in Malaysia continue to be marginalised, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) said today.
The watchdog said that discrimination and inequality faced by the disabled are taking place despite Malaysia’s enactment of the Persons with Disabilities Act 2008 (Act 685) and the ratification of the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2010.
It took three hours to clear up nearly four tonnes of garbage from a senior citizen’s house, who had been living among the mountains of trash for the past several years.
Au Yang Sui Hong, 76, who is visually impaired, and his daughter and only child, Au Yang Kar Yan, 31, who is also an OKU (disabled person), have had no choice but to endure the squalid conditions of their house located at Jalan Han Hui Foong in Temiang, for the past 13 years after the passing of the former’s wife.
“WHILE I cannot do things that many people can do, it is not an excuse … my dream is to have my own design studio and to become an entrepreneur. It’s easy to say, and not impossible to make it happen. One thing is certain, I have to work harder than everyone else.”
These are the words of Ainaa Farhannah, 22, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which progressively affects her muscle control. While she struggles with simple tasks many of us take for granted, Ainaa is not hampered by what she cannot do — instead she fights harder than anyone else, for her right to a full life.