No More Hump

The road hump outside our house has finally been removed. One of our neighbours called me at 3.25pm to let me know the news. The Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ) had sent a bulldozer to remove the hump at around 3pm today. It was such a pleasant sight to return from work and find the hump gone. I was told that Encik Jamali, the MPAJ engineer, was present to oversee the excavation.

This is all due to the persistent effort of Gary Lim who is the Head of Legal Bureau for MCA Pandan Division and his assistant Winnie. They had been persistently pursuing the matter with MPAJ on our behalf since one of the neighbours went to him for assistance. Winnie was also present to witness the removal. She had called me yesterday to inform me of the matter. We are also thankful to Encik Jamali for meeting us personally to discuss an amicable solution to our complaint.

Yay to no more barrier outside our house!

The Day I Got Humped

As a DET (Disability Equality Training) trainer, I conduct workshops to facilitate the understanding of disability issues. At the end of these workshops, participants would have sufficient knowledge on the causes of disability and made a commitment to break environmental and attitudinal barriers in their work places or organisations.

Imagine to my horror, and embarrassment as a DET trainer, when a road hump was built across the road right next to the driveway to our house a few days ago. Wuan and I were not aware of it until she told me the next morning when she went out to discard the garbage.

We were neither informed nor asked if we consented to have the hump put up outside our house, as is the usual procedure when such a request is submitted to the municipal council, in this case, the Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ).

In the past, I have worked with MPAJ to make the surrounding areas in the housing estate more accessible. I have also given a presentation on the build environment barriers at a dialogue session with disabled people, government agencies and the private sectors organised by the municipal council. In addition to that, I have held meetings with policians (links here and here) and municipal councillors serving this constituency with regards to making Pandan Perdana more accessible to disabled people.

Therefore, imagine how flabbergasted I was when I saw the hump. All the effort in breaking barriers around the place I now call home has come to nought. To add insult to injury, there is now a formidable barrier right at my doorstep. I have filed a complaint with MPAJ and awaiting the response from their engineering department responsible for infrastructure maintenance.