Peter Tan Is A Selfish Disabled Person

Read this, this and this for context before reading on.

Dear Francis,

Firstly, I advise you to remove both images you stole from my website without my permission with immediate effect. You do not have the rights to use those images in your blog.

Secondly, you should get your facts right. I do not own the car in the said images. Go check with JPJ on its ownership.

I shall not respond to your personal attacks against me. Only people who cannot argue sensibly will resort to such forms of response. Lets debate this issue like adults instead of hitting below the belt with name calling.

Nobody put me up to it. Bathma has nothing to do with what I wrote. This is not about Bathma. Even if you had written the same things about another person, I would still have written what I wrote regarding this matter.

I know what is right and what is wrong and what you are doing goes against the grain of the Persons with Disabilities Act and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which amongst others state that disabled persons have the right to accessible public transport.

Nowhere did the Act and the Convention say that only “disabled people living in poverty” have the right to public transport while disabled people who own cars are not entitled to that right.

I would like to comment on the contradictory statements you made in your blog.

You said that people with cars have no business using “OKU transport and abusing and depriving others who have no transport at all from using it.”

In another entry you said, “Meanwhile, we are happy to note in The Star that the MBPJ van is being used by your Ahli Majlis Anthony Thanasayan to carry out his official duties for your council.”

I believe Anthony Thanasayan owns a car too. So by your logic, he should not be using the van too by virtue of him owning a car, right? So which is which? Are disabled persons who own cars allowed to use the MBPJ van or not?

As a city councillor, Anthony should set a good example by using his own car even for official duties and not deprive others who have no transport at all from using it, right? By using the van for whatever purposes, Anthony is depriving other disabled people the use of the van “when others need it for hospital and other pressing matters.”

Is it not hypocrisy on your side to say disabled people who own cars should not use the MBPJ van while on the other hand you are praising Anthony for using the van although he owns a car?

Francis, let me put it very simply to you here. I have no quarrel with you. What I wanted to point out was that it is not our place to decide who can or cannot use the van. All disabled people are entitled to use the van if they are staying in PJ. This is called equality unless your form of equality is segregating disabled people into categories and deciding what they are entitled to or not. If that is so, I would like to know which part of the Act or Convention you based your arguments on.

Frankly speaking, I can see that you have such passion in advocating for the rights of disabled people. Why not use that passion to advocate to the powers that be to accord us our rights instead of you spending so much time and effort in denying another disabled person his? These are very interesting times and we should use this opportunity to get all disabled advocates to work together and push for the recognition of our rights so that all disabled people can benefit from it.

I am sure you understand what I am trying to say, right?

Thank you .

Peter Tan

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.

7 thoughts on “Peter Tan Is A Selfish Disabled Person”

  1. i am able-bodied and own a car. so according to the smart moron, i cannot use the taxi or LRT.
    likewise, chicken rearer cannot go KFC, burger seller cannot go McD.
    and if you have a toilet at home, stop using those in the shopping complexes, ok!
    pandai lah lu Mr. Francis

  2. Now I see why you attract ppl like Francis. No difference from people like Menj, Shadowfox and the rest of the useless bloggers who think they are always right and ‘brighter’ than other people.

    Thank you for leaving such an intelligent comment.

  3. Peter, I am both amused and appalled that the PRESIDENT of the ILTC can write an article with such impaired logic. I don’t know him at all, but he certainly reminds me of one of my clients who went on a “rampage” simply to compensate for his own sense of inadequacy. You have my sympathies for having to deal with him.

    Stay strong and stand your ground. I am proud of you !

  4. What’s wrong with that guy? Everyone’s entitled to his/her own opinion. I’m just wondering, does the President himself own a vehicle? Judging from what he said, he dislikes the disabled who (or supposedly) own a car. I agree with what you said. Stay strong. =)

  5. We as disable, have a huge task ahead of us. We are all seeking quality life and we are campaigning for it. I loath it when disables
    waste precious time and vital resources to shred each other. It is the worst kind of abomination that ever exist, and if not eradicated immediately, the damage is appalling. Not only to the person involved but to the disable community and to the activists. This is my opinion Peter.

    In order to advocate for a reasonable quality of life, we must first understand what we need to do and what not to do. What we need to do is NOT to discriminate against one of our own. If we cannot even do that, there is really nothing to advocate for.

  6. Ah now I see what the fuss is about. I am on your side, Peter.

    – MENJ

    P.S. You weren’t serious about that remark to the troll about me above, were you?

    I was included also mah. Useless mah useless lor. They want to be clever mah let them be lor that is if you can find any cleverness in the comment. This is all so subjective. Remember “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”?

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