Independent Living Seminar And Workshop

I will be attending a one-day Independent Living Seminar tomorrow at the Institut Latihan Majilis Kebajikan dan Pembangunan Masyarakat Kebangsaan Malaysia in Bandar Baru Sentul. This seminar is organised by the Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat Malaysia together with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). It will be conducted by two resource persons from Japan. The following is the blurb from the invitation:

This is an introductory seminar on IL. The objective of this seminar is to introduce the basic philosophy and practices of IL to people who are working on disability issues in Malaysia.

From Sunday to Wednesday, I will also be participating the live-in workshop on Independent Living at the same venue conducted by the same two resource persons. I look forward to learning as much as I can regarding these matters and hopefully be able to use this knowledge to contribute meaningfully to the betterment of the disabled community here in Malaysia.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

29 thoughts on “Independent Living Seminar And Workshop”

  1. I think the fella before my post has posted in the wrong blog.

    I went to an IL workshop before in KL and it was very interesting. I look forward for your report on it, and what you think of the whole idea behind IL.

  2. LecturerUM,
    Your name cropped up again and again in conversations during the workshop. You are some celebrity all right. Will post an entry on that soon.

    I went into IRC but you were not there.

  3. Peter, some fella has been going around blogs pasting this comment (with slight variants). I just delete them, off the top of my head I know that blogger Rajan R. experienced it before.

  4. wow peter… your website also got this kinda of people one.. so sad.. anyway sorry that this kinda stuff has to pop up on your weblog pete…SEE YA ON THE 25th!

  5. i don’t see the connection between peter’s seminar & that “good man”s post.

    he’s just nuts la. or maybe just an attention whore.

    best left ignored.

  6. The comment written by good man is too extreme and did not represent most of chineses’ view points. This comment is potentially endangered the racial harmony in this country.
    Worst still, it was posted to a holy blog site, belonged to a holy and determined man with physical disable.

  7. I was directed here from JeffOoi’s Screenshot. I never knew Peter existed till now. Anyway the offending piece in question isn’t very nice but they do exist everywhere. I find a lot of them in MT too and they can come from both sides of the divide.

  8. It’s really disturbing why there are some people who have no respect for other races.

    C’mon guys, we live in Malaysia. It is by way of mutual respect and commitment for our national integrity, that we are able to live in harmonious way. Don’t spoil the whole essence of peace and integrity just because of the distorted view of a person.

    Whoever who posted that bitter message was in clear indication of person who is devoid the sense of responsibility and has his mind cluttered with unnecessary hatred towards others. He could at least toned down his words and channel his views to the right medium and with much professionalism. If he’s brave enough to post such unfounded claims then he should have at least posted his full name and contact as well, rather just bombarding meaninglessly or ‘chickenly’

    I think that person has created unnecessary stir and uproars among the Malays, and this is certainly illegal. Just like what Jeff Ooi has mentioned, what is illegal offline is also illegal online. I suppose this is true. Being a Chinese myself, I think I’m rather ashamed by such unscrupulous people and I would like to apologize to the Malays on behalf, if they feel offended by such person

    Sunny Tan

  9. Dear Peter Tan,

    I appreciate what U are going to do that guy..g……n .

    This is not the only one I use to come across,there are many more who hide their identities & try to be champion of a single bangsa or religion but little they realise that all along these guys/gals had mingled & lived with others here or wherever they maybe.In a cosmopolitan society like ours there will be the feelings of irihati but thats our way of life & we do not need others including Bush/Blair to tell what to do.

    Being a Malay,I understand the feelings of my chinese & indian counterparts but that doesnt mean we must hate each other for what we are?

    Go ahead & teach that guy a good lesson so that others can at least learn something good.


  10. A load of crap! That’s what i think about what ‘good man’ posted.. He’s branding malays as if we are all on our lazy ass right now with nothing better to do and seeing all the money rolling in(through subsisdies?) without lifting a finger! Such extreme and flawed generalization of a particular race, tsk tsk tsk.. poorly done.. let see if you’re ‘superior’ enough to evade the police.. kudos to Peter..

  11. Stumbled across this blog linked from

    I don’t agree with the rascist comment from “good man”, but it’s quite obvious that this person is trolling or spreading nonsense around the web.

    Anyhow, all the best with your effort to clean the web of these nuisance! 🙂

  12. Dear Peter Tan,

    I m truly support with your action to bring the culpirit to the justice..


  13. Hello and goede avond,

    I am dutch-singaporean, as I was reading the racism comment about malays, it struck me that this ‘good man’ is really really shallow, seems to be rather uneducated and somehow brought up wrongly. How sad, to see us asian dividing the nation or continent by race and colour. An advice to this shit stirrer, I believe and we believe in a world of equality, same treatment and living together. There is already so much pain in todays world, why add to it….. trust me ‘goodman’ learn to respect yourself then others will respect for what your are!

    A gay guy who beleives in love and being human!

  14. His comment was indeed done in a very distasteful manner. People like him are definitely common. You can even find these people in local kopitiams.

    I read the paper and well, if he should be caught then I think all who speaks the way he does offline should be caught as well. What is illegal online should be illegal offline too, no?

  15. Its sad to think that there are some people still living in ice age.We have come so far all this time in understanding between all races religion and beliefs,its time we should stop thinking we are chinese,malay indians and so forth.Its time we should adress ourselves as Malaysians,I live in overseas and our racial tolerant is the talk of most countries in thw world,but how sad wehn we have lunatics like this that spoil the good name of our country.

  16. Peter,

    Glad you chose to take action and also leave the post from “good man” here for other readers to see. People of less courage would have only swept the matter under the rug by deleting the post. Blatant rambling, generalisation and idiocity have to be exposed. If one has a problem, fine but don’t leave your rationale behind.

  17. Wow. I had been pretty inactive on the net for a while, and when I got back I saw this. That goodman’s comment is a typical example of a “no-brainer” comment, where thoughts and words were only spilled from a very shallow pool of knowledge.

    I’m sorry that this has happened in your blog. Believe me, as a fellow Bolehland blogger, I feel the pinch too.


  18. I beg to differ.

    Radio, television and print media are already heavily regulated by the government. Blogging on the Internet is the last free frontier.

    By lodging a police report, you only admit that we are not mature enough to regulate our own community. You are inviting the establishment to come meddle in the last free frontier. This is counterproductive.

    If you don’t agree with goodman, you should feel free to counter him to your heart’s content. But we should not try to escalate things by inviting regulation.

  19. While I certainly disagree with people who insults others in such a manner, I unfortunately see from police interference that the cyber space is loosing the space there was for freedom of speech. If the bloggers don’t have the backbone for freedom of speech, and had indigestion problem with such hard knocks and are not man enough to face them, why start blog in the first place?
    I still think bloggers should control themselves in putting forward their opinions. If we are not civilised enough to respect others, we are telling others not to respect ourselves. No religion is bad. Assuming Islam dispenses terror is a product of an insane mind.

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