Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year 2012 From Nick Chan

Happy New Year 2012 From Nick Chan

Happy New Year 2012 From Nick Chan

Posted: 31 Dec 2011 08:33 AM PST

Happy New Year 2012 From Nick Chan
Image by jeff_golden from Flickr.

Happy New Year 2012 From Nick Chan – Woohoo! Yoohoo! Yahoo! Google! Apple! Whatever! Happy New Year! Happy 2012! I started blogging in 2005 and now it's 2012 already, it's beginning of my 8th year in blogging! Gonna write more, share more, post more!

Well, I wish you all have a nice new year ahead, be happy always, stay healthy is the most important, earn hard, enjoy life hard, as late idol, Mr Steve Jobs once said "Stay hungry, stay foolish", gain more, learn more, experience more! Happy New Year once again.

joyful new year to all

Posted: 31 Dec 2011 08:00 AM PST

Welcome 2012

What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That's not been said a thousand times?

The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.

We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.

We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.

We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our prides, we sheet our dead.

We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that's the burden of a year."

(taken from here)

This 2012, Please Help Petpositive To Help Others

Posted: 31 Dec 2011 08:00 AM PST

Rabbit therapy for tetraplegic



Thank you for supporting us throughout 2011.Kindly continue to help us to reach out to even more disabled and elderly people with empowerment from animals!Donations can be made out to "PETPOSITIVE", our national, not-for-profit

Please note that all contributions to us are tax deductible.

Goodbye Old, Hello New.

Posted: 31 Dec 2011 08:00 AM PST

Here's wishing everyone a Happy 2012 and may all your dreams and whatnots come true ... sounds cheesy, I know, but heck, I'm a cute doggy and that's what cute doggies say ... BOL!

Oh and remember, party all you want but go easy on the spirits, especially if you're driving!

PS. Hope the fireworks are kind to me. I'm terrified of fireworks. Have mercy on us cute little adorable doggies!

2011 In Review

Posted: 31 Dec 2011 07:00 AM PST

2011 has been a great year. So many good things happened that I can only declare this the most interesting one yet. If only every year could be like this. Never mind that it began by having me to pay nearly RM6,000 including fine, for failing pay tax that I did not realise I had to. Like a good citizen, I promptly paid up and averted being potentially being taken to court, get blacklisted and prevented from travelling overseas.

The highlight was certainly getting the Tilite ZRA Series 2 titanium wheelchair. It was the culmination of three months of researching on getting the right measurements and cushion, and seeking advice from the good folks at CareCure Community Forum. To all who had responded, my sincerest gratitude for helping me get my first rigid chair and best one to date. My posture has improved tremendously. I like how my reflection looks now. I also got the FreeWheel which attaches to the footrest and allow the wheelchiar to traverse rough terrains better as compared to the tiny front casters.

Japan was hit by a massive earthquake in March off the pacific coast of Tohoku. A devastating tsunami quickly followed and damaged three reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant and caused a major meltdown. While I grieved for the tens of thousands who lost their lives, are injured, missing and became homeless in the aftermath, I breathed a sigh of relief to be informed that my friends in Tokyo were safe.

April brought sad news of a death in the family. My ah tneoh, husband of the youngest maternal aunt, passed away. Ah Tneoh, Ah Cheng Ee and Eng Keng, my cousin, were as close to me as a family as they ever could be. Among them, I have always felt loved. I am still grieving over his passing. Rest in peace Ah Tneoh.

This is a busy year of facilitating workshops and training on disability. In April and May, I co-facilitated with Dr. Kenji Kuno on Disability Equality Training for Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) and Malaysia counterparts at PLPP Bangi and the Return to Work Section of the Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) at Menara PERKESO in Jalan Ampang respectively. In August, I co-facilitated with Dr. Naziaty Yaacob and three others on Access Audit Training for SOCSO for the Return to Work Section at Wisma PERKESO in Jalan Tun Razak.

The Star published an article that I submitted on my experience as a person with spinal cord injury. The piece titled "Moving On" was for the Close to Heart column. I would like to thank Cheng Bee of Star 2 for giving me this opportunity to personally share my life in a mainstream newspaper. Unfortunately, I was unable to submit more stories. Somehow, I could not find the time to gather my thoughts again for another article.

The best gift for this year is undoubtedly from Wuan. She gave me the Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone as a birthday present. I like most of the features but the one that I use most often is the 8 megapixel camera. Although I am still learning to capture nice images with it, I created a photoblog called Quick Takes to showcase some of those images.

For five days in October, I commuted to daily to AirAsia Academy in Sepang to co-facilitate as a senior trainer for DET for the DET and DSRT Training the Trainers Programme. The trainers from Thailand and Indonesia would be conducting those trainings for the ground and air crew of AirAsia on disability. I had participated in a one-day mock training at the same venue in September. The training itself was interesting but the daily commuting that took 90 minutes daily truly worn me out at the end of the training. Nevertheless, I am glad I could pass on what I have learnt for the trainers to apply in their own countries.

Healthwise, my kidneys have been holding up pretty well. The renal profiles in March, July and December did not show significant changes. My cholesterol level is a different story though. Due to my sedentary lifestyle they are elevated. I was advised to go on Lipitor to keep it in check. I will be taking it for two months beginning today and then get my blood tested for side effects.

I got to know of Tim Abbott throught Twitter. He is the host "Technical Difficulties", a radio programme on disability for Resonance 104.44fm which is based in the United Kingdom. Tim invited me to go on the air for a live interview with him in the show in November. That was my first one-on-one live radio show with a station in the United Kingdom. Among the topics we covered were my experience with disability, and the built environment and public transport in Malaysia.

To cap up a year filled with facilitating workshops on disability, the Counselling, Career and Disabled Persons Section of University of Malaya invited me to conduct a workshop on DET for the university's staff and students on December 29. The infrasturcture of the university itself is generally still inaccessible. However, I am happy to see that the participants were eager to exact change to ensure that disabled people have equal opportunities to study there.

Of all the things that happened this year, I am most thankful that Wuan has been very supportive of my endeavours. Nobody says it better than Anne Murray in her song Nobody Loves Me Like You Do. Wuan, I hope I am as good a companion as you have been to me. I pray that 2012 will bring us many more blessings.

To family and friends offline and online, I thank you for enriching my life. To new friends, I am thankful for you coming into my life. Please know that I cherish your friendship although we may not interact much. One time or another, and especially when I go through the list in my phone and Facebook, I tell myself how blessed I am. Know that you are part of what shapes my outlook in life.

With that, I wrap up my year in review for 2011. My only regret is that I could not blog more often. The irresistible Facebook and Twitter took up much of my online time. If there is anything that I like in 2012, it is to see the government taking more pro-active actions to empower and enable disabled people for us to achieve equality in all areas in society. Happy New Year everyone!

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  1. 2010 In Review
  2. 2009 In Review
  3. Busy And Tired
  4. Almost Over
  5. Tokyo Tales – Day 13: Friday, January 27, 2006

Bantuan Penempatan setinggan di Central Garden, Batu Lanchang

Posted: 31 Dec 2011 06:47 AM PST



Setinggan di Kampung Pulau mengucapkan terima kasih kepada YB Wong Hon Wai (EXCO Perumahan) dan YB Law Heng Kiang (ADUN Batu Lanchang) kerana bantuan mereka mendapatkan unit rumah kos sederhana rendah di Central Garden, Batu Lanchang.

Ini menunjukkan komitmen Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat membantu golongan kurang berada dengan menyediakan rumah mampu mailik. Ini sekali juga menyangkal propaganda Barisan Nasional yang memutarbelitkan fakta dalam isu perumahan.

九路猴枣芭居民享优购权 中央花园中廉屋快入伙
二零一一年十二月三十一日 晚上七时五十五分






他指出,槟岛还有许多中廉价屋及廉价屋单位等待申请,如五条路Sri Saujana还有超过100个单位、白云山花地园更有超过500个单位、浮罗山背有80多个廉价屋单位等待申请。另外,在峇六拜及新港一带将建500多个廉价屋单位,丹绒道光填土区也会增建中廉价屋。










Giving school bags to children at Kampung Melayu

Posted: 31 Dec 2011 07:16 AM PST


ADUN Air Itam, YB Wong Hon Wai, bersama JKKK Kampung Melayu menganjurkan majlis penyampaian beg sekolah dan uniform kepada pelajar-pelajr di Kampung Melayu. Ini merupakan majlis tahunan di kawasan Air Itam. Ini menunjukkan keprihatinan YB Wong melaksanakan tanggungjawab sebagai seorang wakil rakyat.

As reported in Guang Min.

黃漢偉派上學用品 70甘榜馬來由孩子受惠


2011-12-31 18:00










As reported in Sinchew Jit Poh.

由星洲日報大北馬于 2011年12月31日22:21 发布















Jawapan Jamil Khir & Pengarah MAIWP Hina Audit Negara Dan Agong - Ulasan GB

Posted: 31 Dec 2011 08:21 AM PST

Bangkit tuntut dakwa Jamil Khir pecah amanah

KUALA LUMPUR, 31 Dis: Umat Islam mesti bangkit beramai-ramai menuntut pendakwaan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Jamil Khir Bahrom kerana pecah amanah wang zakat, kata Naib Presiden PAS Datuk Mahfuz Omar.

"Persoalan terbesar di sini ialah jenayah pecah amanah wang zakat apabila Jamil Khir dan dua orang lagi yang bersyubhat dengannya menggunakan wang itu untuk kos guaman kes qazaf (Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim.

"Perbuatan pecah amanah wang zakat tidak boleh ditutup walaupun di bayar balik kerana pecah amanah telah pun berlaku," katanya.

Persoalan kedua, kata Mahfuz, ialah pembohongan Jamil Khir apabila tanpa sebarang rasa malu sedikit pun beliau membohongi rakyat dan mendakwa "mana mungkin saya hendak menggunakan duit zakat untuk tujuan guaman".

"Dakwaan Jamil Khir itu menghina Ketua Audit Negara yang membuat laporan bahawa wang zakat telah digunakan untuk membayar kos guaman tersebut.

"Menghina Ketua Audit Negara bermakna menghina Yang di-Pertuan Agong kerana Ketua Audit Negara dilantik oleh baginda,"
kata Ahli Parlimen Pokok Sena itu.

Menurut Mahfuz, menteri itu melakukan dua kesalahan terhadap Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

"Selain menghina Ketua Audit Negara yang dilantik oleh Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Jamil Khir sebelum itu telah melakukan jenayah pecah amanah wang zakat dan institusi zakat yang terlibat itu berada di bawah bidang kuasa Yang di-Pertuan Agong," katanya.

Sebagai anak Kedah, kata Mahfuz, beliau tidak mahu Sultan Kedah yang kini menjadi Yang di-Pertuan Agong tercalar imejnya kerana jenayah pecah amanah wang zakat yang dilakukan oleh menteri berkenaan dan penghinaan terhadap Ketua Audit Negara yang juga dilakukan oleh menteri berkenaan.

"Mereka yang terlibat melakukan pecah amanah wang zakat itu mestilah didakwa dan jawatan mereka hendaklah digantung sepanjang proses pendakwaan itu dan jika mereka didapati bersalah mereka mestilah dihukum selain dipecat dari jawatan mereka," tegas beliau.

Laporan Ketua Audit Negara 2010 mengesahkan pecah amanah wang zakat berjumlah RM63,650 dilakukan oleh Jamil Khir dan dua orang lagi yang bersyubhat dengannya bagi menghalang kes qazaf yang di failkan oleh Anwar.

Wang zakat itu disalahgunakan untuk pembayaran kepada firma guaman Zainul Rijal Talha dan Amir bagi mewakili Jamil Khir, pengarah Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan, Datuk Che Mat Che Ali dan ketua pendakwanya, Shamsuddin Hussain, sebagai responden. -HD

Jamil Khir Jelaskan Dakwaan Seleweng Wang Zakat & Pembelian Rumah

SEPANG: Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom pada Sabtu menegaskan, laporan yang mendakwa beliau terbabit dalam penyelewengan wang zakat adalah tidak benar dan merupakan satu fitnah semata-mata.

Beliau berkata, wang yang digunakan bagi pembayaran kos guaman beliau dalam kes tuntutan qazaf Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim bukannya daripada wang zakat Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (MAIWP) sepertimama yang didakwa tetapi dana khas yang disalurkan kerajaan untuk pembayaran yuran guaman.

"Setiap tahun kerajaan bagi bajet kepada MAIWP dan tahun ini RM700,000 diperuntukkan untuk tujuan pembayaran contohnya kes perebutan jenazah, kes libatkan saudara baru, isu murtad yang dibawa ke mahkamah, dan kita ini yang kita pakai lah," kata beliau kepada pemberita ketika ditemui di sini.

Beliau berkata demikian bagi menjelaskan dakwaan penyelewengan wang zakat MAIWP bagi pembayaran kos guaman beliau, Pengarah Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (JAWI) Datuk Che Mat Che Ali dan Ketua Pendakwa Syarie Wilayah Persekutuan Shamsuddin Hussain dalam kes qazaf itu.

Sambil menyifatkan dakwaan itu dan laporan mengenai kos ubah suai rumahnya di ibu negara yang dikatakan tinggi dan mewah sebagai zalim dan kejam, Jamil Khir berkata berita seumpama itu sepatutnya diselidik terlebih dahulu sebelum disiarkan supaya tidak timbul fitnah dan salah faham rakyat terhadap pemimpin negara dan kerajaan.

Beliau berpendapat, laporan itu bertujuan untuk melahirkan persepsi bahawa pihak menteri dan kerajaan selalu melakukan penyelewengan.

"Saya rasa amat tidak wajar seorang Muslim dan saya rasa yang bercakap ini pun banyak Muslim. Dia patut selidik dan kena rasa takut pada fitnah dan pembohongan yang bukan setakat habis di dunia tapi balasannya sampai di akhirat," katanya lagi.

Menurutnya, pembangkang banyak memainkan isu melibatkan kerajaan Barisan Nasional untuk dipolitikkan supaya dapat mengalihkan perhatian rakyat terhadap isu-isu pokok membabitkan pembangkang termasuk qazaf.

Mengulas mengenai isu rumahnya, Jamil Khir berkata, pihak yang membuat tuduhan berkenaan boleh membuat semakan di Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan.

Beliau menjelaskan, rumahnya itu dibeli pada tahun 1994 sebelum beliau dilantik sebagai menteri lagi dan pembayaran bulanan juga masih dibuat sehingga kini.

"Kalau ada sedikit penambahbaikan pada rumah itu adalah perkara biasa. Saya dulu mejar jeneral dalam angkatan tentera...saya ada pencen penuh dan tak peliklah saya layak buat pinjaman (perumahan)," katanya lagi.

Beliau juga berkata, penjelasan beliau berkaitan dakwaan itu adalah muktamad dan berharap semua pihak memahami keadaan sebenar. - thestar

Ulasan GB

Sudahlah pecah amanah dan khianat, penipu pula.

Kata jamil Khir:

Beliau berkata, wang yang digunakan bagi pembayaran kos guaman beliau dalam kes tuntutan qazaf Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim bukannya daripada wang zakat Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (MAIWP) sepertimana yang didakwa tetapi dana khas yang disalurkan kerajaan untuk pembayaran yuran guaman.

Sedangkan Laporan Audit JELAS menyatakan:

Laporan Audit Negara mengesahkan RM63,650 telah dikeluarkan dari dana zakat Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (MAIWP) untuk mendahulukan bayaran khidmat guaman untuk Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Jamil Khir Bahrom dan dua yang lain.

Kos guaman itu adalah bersabit kes tuntutan qazaf oleh ketua pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim yang menamakan Jamil; pengarah Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan, Datuk Che Mat Che Ali dan ketua pendakwanya, Shamsuddin Hussain, sebagai responden.

Sekalipun wang tersebut telah dibayar balik menggunakan geran RM700,000 pada Jun 2010 daripada kerajaan untuk perbelanjaan lain selain daripada agihan zakat, seperti perkhidmatan perundangan, pentadbiran, elaun mesyuarat dan penyenggaraan kenderaan, namun PECAH AMANAH telah berlaku terlebih dahulu.

Menurut laporan tersebut, Che Mat telah meluluskan bayaran interim berjumlah RM31,500 menggunakan peruntukan sumber am bagi perkhidmatan perundangan pada 28 Januari 2010, daripada peruntukan zakat terlebih dahulu kerana geran kerajaan belum diterima pada tarikh tersebut.

Menurutnya lagi, pada 29 April 2010, MAIWP membuat pembayaran baki kos guaman berjumlah RM32,150 juga menggunakan peruntukan sumber zakat terlebih dahulu

Laporan itu menyebut, MAIWP melantik firma guaman Zainul Rijal Talha dan Amir mewakili mereka atas pegangan jawatan mereka dalam MAIWP.

Laporan Audit Negara di atas adalah jawapan kepada soalan yang dikemukakan kepada Jawatankuasa Kira-kira Negara (PAC) yang dipengerusikan Datuk Seri Azmi Khalid, oleh tiga ahli parlimen - Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (Machang), Datuk Kamaruddin Jaafar (Tumpat) dan Nurul Izzah Anwar (Lembah Pantai) sebelum ini.

Ia BUKAN fitnah seperti yang didakwa oleh Jamil Khir sebaliknya Jamil Khir yang memberikan jawapan yang salah untuk mengelirukan rakyat.

Ini juga BUKAN persoalan politik seperti yang didakwa, tetapi persoalan akauntabiliti dan etika kerja. Soal hukum, soal amanah dan pertanggungjawaban.

Dipandang dari sudut apa sekalipun, perbuatan menggunakan wang zakat untuk tujuan selain dari yang dibenarkan syarak tetap berdosa. Wang zakat adalah milik Allah s.w.t. yang diarahkan diagihkan kepada golongan asnaf, bukan untuk biaya (samada sementara atau kekal) wang guaman pengerusi dan pengarah MAIWP.

Sudahlah qazaf yang dituntut ugama untuk dilaksanakan dihalang, guna pula wang zakat untuk biaya kos guaman menghalang qazaf berkenaan. Bertimpa-timpa kesalahan dan dosanya.

Tiada alasan lagi, Jamil Khir serta 2 lagi perlu diheret ke muka pengadilan.

Girls’ Generation – The Boys Japanese repackaged album

Posted: 31 Dec 2011 12:23 AM PST

Concept photos of Korean pop group Girls' Generation's The Boys Japanese album – a repackaged version of their Japan 1st Album which was released in June 2011. The new album will include the original songs as well as a Japanese remake of their Korean hit, The Boys, plus a new Japanese original titled the Time Machine

Girls Generation Taeyeon The Boys Japanese album

Love Taeyeon's photo (top), hits and misses with the rest. Image via Snsdpics.

There's more, read the full post »

Girls' Generation – The Boys Japanese repackaged album from YeinJee's Asian Blog

Last evening of 2011

Posted: 31 Dec 2011 04:18 AM PST

Was hoping to snap a slam-dunk sunset photo on last day of 2011, but turned out to be a pretty ordinary evening. Kinda reflects my year… which was average, but in a good way considering how volatile the world has been in many aspects over the past 12 months. Best wishes to everyone in 2012, Happy New Year.

December 31, 2011 evening

Last evening of 2011 from YeinJee's Asian Blog

Tunku, Razak, Hussein Onn dll: Semua pendatang!

Posted: 31 Dec 2011 03:30 AM PST

In this video, Dr. Azmi Sharom gave a clear historical background of Malaysia.

Like it or not, all of us are 'pendatangs' right from the day when Parameswara, the Pendatang of pendatangs, first stepped on the soil of Melaka.

Sembilan Kepala Babi Depan Masjid. Provokasi Siapa?

Posted: 31 Dec 2011 04:28 AM PST

Johor Bahru – Penduduk Islam di Taman Desa Jaya, dekat sini, gempar apabila sembilan kepala babi ditemui di luar pintu Masjid Al Falah, di sini, dalam dua kejadian berasingan.

Dalam kejadian pertama, empat kepala babi yang dibungkus dengan plastik ditemui oleh beberapa penduduk di pintu bahagian tepi masjid ketika datang ke rumah ibadat itu untuk membersihkan kawasan sekitarnya, jam 5 petang kelmarin.

Susulan penemuan, jawatankuasa masjid membuat laporan polis berhubung kejadian itu.

Belum pun reda dengan kejadian pertama, jemaah masjid dikejutkan dengan penemuan lima lagi kepala haiwan itu diletakkan di pintu pagar hadapan mas­jid kira-kira jam 5.10, pagi semalam.

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Masjid Al Falah, Kasim Darim, 62, berkata, pengurusan masjid kesal dengan tindakan kumpulan atau individu yang menyentuh sensitiviti masyarakat di kawasan itu.

Beliau berkata, kejadian seumpama itu pertama kali berlaku di kawasan masjid berkenaan.

"Sebelum ini, pihak kami (masjid) tidak mempunyai­ masalah dengan masyarakat setempat dan saya tidak menuduh sesiapa yang melakukan perkara ini.

"Namun bagi kami, jika ada masalah, kita boleh berunding tanpa perlu membuat perkara seperti ini. Saya kecewa dengan sikap kumpulan atau individu yang melakukan perbuatan ini," katanya ketika ditemui Sinar Harian.

Kassim berkata, satu laporan telah dibuat di Balai Polis Desa Cemerlang.

Sementara itu, Biro Keselamatan Kawasan Rukun Tetangga (KRT) Taman Desa Jaya, Mohd Khairi Abdul Latip menyifatkan perbuatan itu menggugat keharmonian masyarakat setempat.

"Perbuatan ini boleh dianggap sangat biadab kerana tidak menghormati masyarakat di sini.

"Kami berharap agar pihak polis dapat menyiasat dan mencari dalang yang melakukan perbuatan yang menghina agama ini," katanya.

Sementara itu, kira-kira 100 orang, termasuk pertubuhan bukan kerajaan, me­ngadakan perhimpunan aman di depan masjid berkenaan bagi membantah perbuatan tersebut. -SH

DAP kutuk tindakan meletak kepala khinzir di hadapan masjid

GEORGETOWN: Pengerusi Kebangsaan DAP, Karpal Singh menyelar tindakan pihak tidak bertanggungjawab yang meletakkan kepala khinzir di luar pintu Masjid Al-Falah, Taman Desa Jaya, Johor Baharu.

Beliau berkata mereka yang melakukan perbuatan tidak bertanggungjawab itu perlu diberkas dan diberi hukuman yang setimpal kerana tidak mempunyai sensitiviti agama.

"Perbuatan tidak bertanggungjawab ini perlu dikutuk oleh semua rakyat Malaysia.

Rakyat Malaysia yang mempunyai kepelbagaian agama dan kepercayaan mempunyai hak untuk hidup dalam keadaan aman dan harmoni," katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian dalam kenyataan hari ini berhubung insiden sembilan kepala khinzir ditemui di hadapan pintu Masjid Al-Falah semalam.

Karpal yang juga anggota Parlimen Bukit Gelugor mahu pihak polis memberi keutamaan terhadap siasatan kes ini.

"Pada malam menjelang tahun baru ini insiden memalukan seperti ini tidak harus berlaku," katanya. - BERNAMA

Bengkel Disability Equality Training (DET) at Universiti Malaya

Posted: 31 Dec 2011 02:32 AM PST

The Seksyen Kaunseling, Kerjaya dan OKU (Counselling, Career and Disabled Persons Section) of Universiti Malaya organised the Bengkel Disability Equality Training (Disability Equality Training Workshop) on December 29. This workshop at the Dewan Perdana 1 at Kompleks Perdanasiswa was to promote awareness of disability issue in the campus. The participants include students, staff from the various faculties, Student Affairs Divisons (Bahagian Hal Ehwal Pelajar), Residential College (Kolej kediaman), library, Examination Section (Seksyen Peperiksaan), security and the Counselling, Career and Disabled Persons Section.

Disability Equality Training (DET) Workshop at Universiti Malaya
Emcee opening the Disability Equality Workshop (DET) Workshop at University Malaya.
Photo by Wuan.

The two-hour session on DET was conducted using the Facilitated Participatory Learning (FPL) with modules created by Dr. Kunji Kuno and DET Trainers from the United Kingdom. Participants were led through various exercises using images and videos to deepen their understanding on disability and methods to remove barriers using the "open box solution". Although one session is insufficient for DET, I am glad to note that the participants already had a good grasp of disability issues.

Peter Tan conducting Disability Equality Training (DET) Workshop at Universiti Malaya
Peter Tan explaining about Disability Equality Training (DET) Workshop at Universiti Malaya.
Photo by Wuan.

I was made to understand that the Seksyen Kaunseling, Kerjaya dan OKU will be organising a follow-up workshop with a longer duration some time next year. This is good news to end the year with where disability matters in Malaysia is concerned. Society is slowly making an effort to understand issues faced by disabled people and also warming up to the notion of making the built environment accessible. I hope the other universities and schools will emulate Universiti Malaya in taking this step in changing attitudes and breaking barriers to make education accessible and available to everyone in Malaysia. A big thank you to Puan Maznah Azis for coordinating this workshop and making sure that everything that I requested were provided for a smooth running of the session.

Participants in group discussion at Disability Equality Training (DET) Workshop at Universiti Malaya
Participants discussing in groups during one of the DET exercises.
Photo by Wuan.

Video analysis poster for group exercise at Disability Equality Training (DET) Workshop at Universiti Malaya
Group work poster on video analysis for DET Workshop.
Photo by Wuan.

Peter Tans haring a light moment with participants at the Disability Equality Training (DET) Workshop at Universiti Malaya
Peter Tan joining in one of the group discussions at the DET Workshop.
Photo by Wuan.

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  3. Disability Equality Training (DET) At SOCSO
  4. Disability Equality Training
  5. Disability Equality Training In Malaysia 2010

Moving On to 2012

Posted: 31 Dec 2011 02:30 AM PST

As we come to the end of 2011, many of us might be in deep reflection of the days gone by for this year...Here's something written by Steven B. Cloud and Taylor Addison.

A Year of Time
Written by Steven B. Cloud, Pulpit Helps, Vol. 14, # 2

…Though even thinking on the subject of time may prove discomforting, it is not a bad idea—especially at the beginning of a new year.

As we look into 2012 we look at a block of time. We see 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, 31,536,000 seconds. And all is a gift from God. We have done nothing to deserve it, earn it, or purchased it. Like the air we breathe, time comes to us as a part of life.

The gift of time is not ours alone. It is given equally to each person. Rich and poor, educated and ignorant, strong and weak—every man, woman and child has the same twenty-four hours every day.

Another important thing about time is that you cannot stop it. There is no way to slow it down, turn it off, or adjust it. Time marches on.

And you cannot bring back time. Once it is gone, it is gone. Yesterday is lost forever. If yesterday is lost, tomorrow is uncertain. We may look ahead at a full year's block of time, but we really have no guarantee that we will experience any of it.

Obviously, time is one of our most precious possessions. We can waste it. We can worry over it. We can spend it on ourselves. Or, as good stewards, we can invest it in the kingdom of God.

The new year is full of time. As the seconds tick away, will you be tossing time out the window, or will you make every minute count?


Time for New Beginnings
Written by Taylor Addison, Blue Mountain Arts, 1989

"This is a time for reflection as well as celebration.

As you look back on the past year and all that has taken place in your life,

Remember each experience for the good that has come of it
and for the knowledge you have gained.

Remember the efforts you have made and the goals you have reached.

Remember the love you have shared and the happiness you have brought.

Remember the laughter, the joy, the hard work, and the tears.

And as you reflect on the past year, also be thinking of the new one to come.

Because most importantly, this is a time of new beginnings and the celebration of life."


Wishing all my readers a meaningful close to 2011 and a wonderful beginning to 2012! God bless you and yours!

For your new year...

I am the new year. I am an unspoiled page in your book of time.

I am your next chance at the art of living. I am your opportunity to practice what you have learned about life during the last twelve months.

All that you sought and didn't find is hidden in me, waiting for you to search it but with more determination.

All the good that you tried for and didn't achieve is mine to grant when you have fewer conflicting desires.

All that you dreamed but didn't dare to do, all that you hoped but did not will, all the faith that you claimed but did not have—these slumber lightly, waiting to be awakened by the touch of a strong purpose.

The new year is your opportunity to renew your allegiance to your faith.

-Author Unknown-

"A new year is unfolding—like a blossom with petals curled tightly concealing the beauty within.

Dear God, let this year be filled with the things that are truly good—with the comfort of warmth in our relationships, with the strength to help those who need our help and the humility and openness to accept help from others.

As we make our resolutions for the year ahead, let us go forward with great hope that all things can be possible—with Your help and guidance."

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