Everyone Has A Price

Can an advocate maintain his objectivity after receiving recompense from the party that he is advocating to? Can the advocate be true to his cause after that? Will the advocate be beholden to the benefactor? How much is dignity and integrity worth? Not much apparently. Some advocates can be bought over for a pittance. The colour of money can enslave effortlessly and blind these advocates to acts of discrimination. It has. I weep for the disabled people who gave the mandate to these advocates to fight for their rights. They have been shortchanged without even realising it. We should not be blaming society for perpetrating acts of discrimination against disabled people. Disabled people are doing this to their own.

No one can be the slave of two masters; he will either hate the first and love the second, or be attached to the first and despise the second. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money.

(Matthew 6:24, New Jerusalem Bible)

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.

4 thoughts on “Everyone Has A Price”

  1. Dear Peter Tan,

    Thank you for your wonderful comments. We are sorry to learn that you have been cheated by disabled people that you once trusted. You have unfortunately discovered what we have learn long ago. We at ILTC would like to encourge you not to give up our struggle as disabled person. Please keep up the good fight. Dont allow this setback to stop you from speaking up for our rights. We need everyone’s voices to make a difference in Malaysia. Let us remember to be innocent as doves but wise as serpents. Thanks for exposing the hippocrips among us.


    G. Francis Siva
    President ILTC

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