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My Ride Ends Here

November 23rd, 2007 - Friday

Every journey has to come to an end. On a bus, one simply has to press the buzzer to let the driver know that he or she wants to get down at the next stop. I pressed the buzzer on my journey with the Barrier-Free Environment and Accessible Transport Group (BEAT) and had gotten down from the bus already.

The reaction from some of my colleagues in BEAT to my circulating an email on the bad experience with AirAsia to the entire group recently literally took the wind out of my sail. I was chided for revealing that I was compelled to sign an indemnity form before I was allowed to board the plane. I guess it never occurred to them what I had to give up the moment I signed the form.

I do not regret blogging about it. I do not regret being part of BEAT. I do not regret leaving BEAT. I am first and foremost a blogger. I want the freedom to blog without fear or favour. I will continue to blog about such injustices perpetrated against disabled people. This is what The Digital Awakening is all about – my life, my thoughts and my opinions.


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6 Responses to “My Ride Ends Here”

  1. jeffrey chew says:

    Peter
    Sometimes in life, we take different turns. Decisions are sometimes the hardest ones to make. Once made, never look back with regret but with a sense of accomplishments. I believe no one is infallible. Your writings have been inspirational. Hence, taking a stand on what you truly believe is far much better than trying to satisfy the very few. Take one day at a time and the truth will prevail. No one will say “Peter – you made a mistake”. I believe many would say ” I respect your ideals and stand on issues”. I am one of the very few will say that …. you can bet on it

    LABOR OMNIA VINCIT.

    Peter:
    Labor Omnia Vincit. Thank you for reminding me. The other motto I will never forget is La Salle School’s “Seek The Truth.” The CBS has really educated us well huh!

  2. ex penang boy says:

    You know Pete,in order to change opinions and mindsets in a group,its easier to do it within rather than outside the group if that is your onjective.
    Chart your final course not on a momentary impediment but on the collective travails of the journey itself.God bless

    Peter:
    NGOs are like political parties working in a coalition. Each has an interest in the group, whether it is for the general good or for some self-serving interests. One can either go with the flow of the majority or try to go against the current and stand out like a sore thumb. The latter can be a futile effort, an effort which I am not willing to waste. I can use that more effectively in other areas. Hence my decision.

  3. Finding Me says:

    I’ve got your back brother. You will always have my support. Injustice must be spoken. Thank you for being the beacon of hope for all. I truly respect you my friend.

    Peter:
    Thank you. Bila mau yum cha?

  4. Erna says:

    It’s sad that you should be penalised for speaking the truth. They shouldn’t have made you sign an indemnity form – that’s first-class discrimination!

    Thank you for being brave enough to speak out.

    Peter:
    Thank you for your support.

  5. Finding Me says:

    Bila you kambing bag ?

  6. [...] Although I was advised beforehand to make prior arrangements I did not because I wanted to experience for myself the kind of procedures that wheelchair users have to go through. Only then could I discover the kinks in the system. Having experienced it and revealed the bad experience to members of BEAT, I was blamed for causing irreparable damage to the group. I was expected to channel my grievances through selected people who would then create avenues for me to voice out my dissatisfaction. Apparently, the truth had to be filtered to make certain parties look good. See the difference in the RapidKL advocacy where nobody in BEAT reacted to the entries that were critical of the bus operator. That tells a lot, does it not? Harapkan pagar, pagar makan padi. That was why I left. [...]