The Digital Awakening has been shortlisted for the Top 20 AllMalaysian Bloggers Project (AMBP) Blog contest. The AMBP is part of The Star Online’s information portal AllMalaysia.info. This contest is jointly organised by The Star and Genting.
I would like to invite readers of The Digital Awakening to vote for this blog, not so much for me to win the prize but to show support to the advocacy movement on disability issues that my colleagues at the Barrier-Free Environment and Accessible Transport Group (BEAT) have been fighting for.
Disabled persons in Malaysia still face a lot of problems in all aspects of our lives. From the built-environment to public transport, we have to face one barrier after another. That is preventing us from participating meaningfully in society and living a fulfilling life.
It is hoped that with the publicity generated from winning this contest, more people with become aware of the challenges that we face. There is a general lack of understanding why people are disabled. People are disabled because of attitudinal barriers. Society in general sees disability as other people’s problem and delegates it to the lowest priority when solving disability-related issues.
To resolve the problems faced by disabled persons, there is a need to mainstream disability. There is a need to view disability as society’s problem as a whole rather than the exclusive problem of the minority. Truly, disabled persons are already part of society whether we realise it or not. We cannot continue to ignore this reality.
Some people are born disabled. Some people become disabled in mid-life from accidents and diseases. Some people become disabled due to old age. No one can be certain that they will never become disabled. No one can be certain that their loved ones will never become disabled. Therefore, this is an issue that everyone should be concerned with.
With this, I humbly appeal to you to vote for The Digital Awakening. Please let the voices of disabled persons be heard loud and clear. In its essence, Malaysia is a caring society. Let us show that compassionate virtue by ensuring that disabled persons and all marginalised people in Malaysia have equal opportunity to live with dignity. In this golden anniversary of our beloved nation’s independence, let us work towards making disabled persons achieve independence in their lives as well. Lets all build a nation with a soul. Then we can truly and proudly proclaim that Malaysia has indeed achieved Kemerdekaan.
p/s: By the way, today is my birthday. *hint hint*