Monster Blog – January 5, 2007: Not A Good Start To 2007

Not A Good Start To 2007

Barely one week into the New Year, the disability movement has lost a tireless worker. Diana Khoo, former Regional Training Officer of Cheshire Home Far East Region, passed away yesterday evening. I have known her for as long as I have spinal cord injury. She was working with my physiotherapist on some rehabilitation projects in the late-eighties and I was the subject of one of those projects.

Diana is a well-known figure among the disabled persons’ community in Penang. After her stint with Cheshire Home, she carried on working independently in disability-related projects, among them, providing day care to disabled persons. At the same time, she was also planning to work with hospitals in providing resources for patients with disabilities.

I had the opportunity to meet her again in April last year to discuss on how we could work together on Independent Living projects that I was initiating in Penang. We had agreed to meet up again to explore further the possibilities as I had to come to Kuala Lumpur that time and she was about to fly off to England too. Sadly, I will never have the privilege of working with her again. Rest in peace my dear friend.

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.