First Step Towards An Accessible Pandan Perdana

YB Yap Soo Sun on a walkabout at Pandan Perdana

The ADUN for Teratai YB Yap Soo Sun, Bendahari Kelab Sukan Komuniti Dun Teratai En. Mohd. Aznam Mohd. Zain, fellow advocate Wang Siew Ming and I went on a walkabout around Pandan Perdana just now. I had copied 2 complaint mails to YB Yap regarding the lamp post in the middle of the walkway that caused Wuan and I to fall onto the road in May last year. Read this, this and this for context.

Wang and I went to see YB Yap in May to follow up with the issue as it was still not resolved one year later. The offending lamp post has since been relocated. Additionally, we proposed to YB Yap to upgrade the commonly used stretch of walkways in Pandan Perdana into an accessible one as this will not only benefit disabled persons but senior citizens, pregnant women and adults with prams as well.

YB Yap Soo Sun on a walkabout at Pandan Perdana

Apart from the walkways, YB Yap has also agreed to build a ramp at the 7-11 store and another at the Hong Leong Bank. He informed us that his application for a grant for this purpose had just been approved. We presented him with a copy of the Malaysian Standard 1331 (1993) Code of Practice for Access for Disabled People Outside Buildings to ensure that the renovations were properly done.

This is a positive development in the advocacy campaign on accessibility. In time, I hope that the entire Pandan Perdana will be fully accessible and eventually all the areas under the jurisdiction of Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya. I look forward to the day when I can move around conveniently around this area without having to risk life and limb.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Minion to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. Columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. Principal Trainer at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

4 thoughts on “First Step Towards An Accessible Pandan Perdana”

  1. We all like to think that Malaysia is only meant for those who have an able body. Thanks for making a difference.

    Peter:
    Just doing what I have to do.

  2. Hi Peter – it’s definitely a good way to get the MPs and SAs to play their part. After all, they are the servants’ of the rakyat 🙂

    Peter:
    And we should not make them forget that.

  3. Good job with the MP. I realised that being close with the MP is one thing and being close with the council in this case the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council is another. In order to sustain our efforts we need to create a rapport with the government servants, ie MPAJ. As they will be at it the longest as some time MPs come and go.

    Peter:
    Step by step we are moving towards that direction.

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