Dusk at the Northam Beach Cafe.
If success in life can be measured by the number of friends one has, I must be on a roll lately. After a fruitful one month in Kuala Lumpur where I got acquainted with more bloggers than I could count with all my fingers and toes, I came back to Penang and got an invitation to a gathering organised by Kuan Aw yesterday evening. He is the founder and current Deputy President of the Society of Disabled Persons Penang (SDPP).
L-R: Yeap, Me, Kuan Aw, Win Hon, Anne and Christine.
It was a casual affair at the Northam Beach Cafe with some of Kuan Aw’s friends and his two guests from Kuala Lumpur – Christine and Win Hon. That was the first time I have met any of them including Kuan Aw. Twenty years being a disabled and that was the first time I have attended a gathering where most of the guests are in the same condition as I am. We had an interesting and enlightening time sharing our lives and the difficulties that we encountered.
L-R: Me, Christine and Kuan Aw.
One thing we all agreed on is that much can still be done to improve the mobility of people like us. The government is simply not doing enough to make it easy for us to live independent lives. The SDPP has been active in promoting access for the disabled in public places here but we foresee a long battle ahead. Facilities for the disabled are put up only to comply with legislations. Many of these are not constructed to specifications thus rendering them non-functional and dangerous at times. Such is the sad state of affair where the disabled community is concerned.