27 November 2011

Dr. Ng - Graduan Palsi Serebrum Ijazah Kedoktoran Yang Pertama

Berikut merupakan berita tentang Dr. Ng Chee Kyun yang merupakan individu palsi serebrum yang pertama memperolehi ijazah kedoktoran di negara kita.

The Star Online - 26 Aug 2007

Disabled grad with cerebral palsy creates history at UPM

SERDANG: When he joined Universiti Putra Malaysia 13 years ago, Dr Ng Chee Kyun used a BMX bicycle to move around the campus grounds.

Dr Ng, who has cerebral palsy, described the bicycle as his “friend” that had accompanied him through many ups and downs until it was stolen three months ago.

The 32-year-old is the first disabled student with cerebral palsy to graduate with a Doctor of Philosophy in Communications and Network Engineering in the history of UPM.

"It's hard for people to imagine how disabled people live. I remember when I first started my diploma course here, several of my coursemates ignored me when I asked them for clarification on the lectures."

"I felt like crying and didn’t know if I could continue my studies,” he said.

Many were moved to tears when he gave a heartfelt speech before UPM Chancellor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah at the 31st convocation of UPM.

Despite his problem with speech, hearing and difficulty controlling his movements, Dr Ng, who is a researcher with Mimos Bhd, likes sports and had won several prizes including the first prize playing futsal in the National Paralympic Circuit Championship in 2005.

Dr Ng’s mother Mary Tay, 64, said she was quite concerned when he wanted to pursue his doctorate degree.

“My husband and I were worried that he might not be able to cope, but he did it. We are very happy for him,” said Tay, adding that Dr Ng is the only PhD holder in the family.

Meanwhile, Sultan Sharafuddin said graduates should be innovative in creating success.

“The competition is so stiff that graduates cannot just wait for career opportunities created by other people. Graduates should be prepared and be able to identify opportunities and turn the opportunities into a new career prospect,” he said.

Tan Sri Rozali Ismail was proclaimed as Pro-Chancellor of UPM on a three-year term during the convocation.

Selain mereka, terdapat individu-individu palsi serebrum lain yang mempunyai ijazah sama ada yang sedang belajar dan yang telah habis belajar.

Ikuti catatan seterusnya bertajuk Alam Pekerjaan Kami pada 4 December 2011

20 November 2011

Chin Chin Memperoleh Ijazah Sarjana Muda di USM - 2006

Berikut ialah berita tentang diri saya yang merupakan salah seorang penulis blog ini yang telah memperoleh ijazah sarjana muda dari USM pada tahun 2006.

New Strait Times Online – 15 August 2006

Cerebral palsy no handicap for Chin Chin
By Audrey

GEORGE TOWN: Tan Chin Chin refused to allow physical limitations to put a brake on her ambitions. Born with cerebral palsy, she had always dreamed of going to university and getting a degree.

The 24-year-old will get more than a scroll tomorrow at Universiti Sains Malaysia's convocation: She will receive the USM Chancellor's Gold Medal for academic excellence from Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Fauziah, Chancellor of the university.

Tan is the first handicapped student to earn the Gold Medal, USM's highest award for academic excellence. She will also receive the USM Women's Association Gold Medal.

"It was not easy to study in the university, let alone do well. I am grateful and thankful for the support and help from the university, my friends and most of all my parents. Without them, I would not be who I am today," said the Anthropology and Sociology graduate.

Tan, whose father is a labourer and mother a housewife, is currently teaching at the Spastic Children's Association here, where she was a student for four years.

Dentistry graduate Ling Yoke Li was also named a winner of the USM Chancellor's Gold Medal for academic excellence and the USM Women's Association Gold Medal.

The 25-year-old daughter of retired teachers will also receive the Royal Education Award (non-Bumiputera).

A total of 1,126 doctorate and Master's students and 6,228 first degree students will receive their scrolls during the five- day convocation, USM's 35th.

USM vice-chancellor Professor Datuk Dzulkifli Abdul Razak said at a Press conference that dentistry graduate Nawal Radhiah Abdul Rahman and literature in education graduate Fakhrul Razi Sunip, both 24, will receive the Royal Education Award (Bumiputera) and the Vice- Chancellor's Book Medal respectively.

Ikuti catatan seterusnya bertajuk Dr. Ng - Graduan Palsi Serebrum Ijazah Kedoktoran Yang Pertama pada 27 November 2011

13 November 2011

James Ng Memperolehi Diploma di Methodist Pilley Institute

Ikuti kisah hidup James Ng Seng Hong yang berjaya menamatkan pengajiannya pada peringkat diploma di Methodist Pilley Institute. Beliau diyakini sedang meneruskan pengajiannya pada peringkat ijazah sarjana muda.

The Star Online - Friday July 16, 2010

Spastic cerebral palsy patient James defies all odds to excel
Story and photos by PAULINE HO

JAMES NG SENG HONG walked arduously up the stage with the aid of crutches to the accompaniment of loud applause and cheers.

The principal Judy Wong Liong Yung beamed with pride as the first disabled student at the Methodist Pilley Institute (MPI) moved towards her to receive his Diploma in Business Management.

The occasion was the 17th graduation ceremony of MPI in Sibu on June 26. The applause was thunderous.

As some students later said, they were touched that James was able to make it despite his disability.

James, who was diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy, was also touched by all these encouragement and support.

People reached out to congratulate him. Happy for him, with some even inspired by him, many urged him on with Jia You!

The term in Mandarin is used to encourage people to put a little more gas in the engine and step up their efforts.

Literally it means “spur on”. It can also be taken to mean “make extra effort”, “step on it”, “go for it”. Only two words. But saying it also means to say “We are with you in solidarity. We understand. We support and spur you on.”

Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference (SCAC) president Rev Dr Datuk Su Chii Ann and member of the Institute’s board of directors also paid personal attention to James.

As he congratulated James, Su, who was the guest of honour at the event, urged him to adopt the attitude of gratitude each day.

“He said if we are unable to be grateful, we will never be satisfied. Then we will not be happy with our lives, whether we are able or disabled.”

James, 22, said he is happy with his results which were above average.

Highly motivated to perform well in his studies, James is very determined to strife for his academic excellence in his future studies.

He will move on to Swinburne University, Kuching in August this year to do his degree. It will be the first time he will be on his own, but he also feels it is high time he learns to be independent. He will be staying in the school hostel.

“I am a bit apprehensive as it will be the first time I will leave home and venture out on my own. But at the same time, I am happy because this is a good opportunity for me to stand on my own.”

James will apply for PTPTN loan or Yayasan Sarawak Scholarship for financial assistance to pursue his degree course at Swinburne.

His studies at MPI was made possible because he was given RH scholarship, said the only son of Mary Ling, a clerk with a timber firm here. His father passed away on Sept 11, 2008.

James has an older sister Clare, working as a clerk in a private company.

“We are practically living from hand-to-mouth. If we don’t spend on unnecessary things it is alright. As you can see, the furniture in our living room is simple,” said Mary, pointing to the living room in their house at Gambir Road in Sibu.

The proud mother also has mixed feelings of James leaving home for further studies in Kuching.

“All these years he is at home. But now I understand I have to let him face the challenges outside and let him spread his own wings. I have to do this, because I cannot be with him all the time. It is a very good chance for him to learn to live independently,” she said.

Born a premature baby at seven months, James said he used to have a lot of anger in him when seeing other kids running and playing outside their homes.

“They were playing football, flying kites. I could not.” He also got taunted when he was younger.

“There were children calling me ‘cacat’ (handicapped). They even stole my things. Inside, I was angry but I could not do anything. I told them go away and not disturb me.”

Getting out of the house was itself a struggle in the beginning.

“People look at James, in fact the whole family, as aliens. It took us sometime to overcome this. We learnt to just ignore it. Don’t care. We try to put ourselves in their position. Probably they seldom see people like James,” Mary said.

“Now we don’t have any more problems. If people want to look, let them look. James also has no more problem with it,” she added.

James said: “I remember one time at a bookstore, a young boy saw me. He stared and pointed at me, calling to his daddy. His father just picked him up and left the place.”

James said he learnt to accept his disability, mostly through getting to know what life is all about.

As he got to know more about God, he is confident that God has a plan for him.

“I believe that there is a purpose for each and every one of us. I may have cerebral palsy but I believe I am special and unique, and I can contribute to the community in the way God has designed me,” he said.

James said he was very blessed to have spent three years at the MPI. He finds many people there caring and supportive, from his principal down to fellow students.

James will always remember his lecturer in business communications, Eta Ting, for the times when she would come over and sit down with him in the cafeteria during breaks, especially when he was sitting there alone.

He found it easy to chat with her. “She was very encouraging, telling me I am courageous.”

He has friends among the students who would help him with mobility and studies.

Before an operation was done on his hamstring some time back, James said it was really painful to straighten his legs.

“If I go out to the supermarket, I would tire quickly and soon start to look for a bench to sit down.”

The Agape Centre, which provides rehabilitation programme for disabled people, helped arrange for the operation which was carried out at the Sibu hospital.

James said: “There are students who just ignore me, but there are also those who are very helpful. They came to my aid without me asking them.

“I call them ‘the good Samaritans’ that God has sent me,” he said.

“These good souls told me never to give up. Some even say I will find my partner one day”.

The principal was herself most caring and loving. The lecturers too care a lot for James.

“Don’t think that they gave me special treatment because I have this disability. They were fair, treating me the same as everyone else,” James said.

Before James bid this writer good-bye, he expressed hope that the authorities will look into providing facilities that are disabled-friendly in public places, including schools.

“Sibu is quite lacking in this area,” he noted.

Ikuti catatan seterusnya bertajuk Chin Chin Memperoleh Ijazah Sarjana Muda di USM – 2006 pada 20 November 2011

06 November 2011

Kami di Institut Pengajian Tinggi

Segelintir kecil kami telah mengikuti pelajaran di sekolah biasa. Setelah menamatkan pelajaran di sekolah biasa, ada antara kami melanjutkan pelajaran di institusi pengajian tinggi (IPT). Seperti yang kita ketahui, suasana dan kehidupan di sekolah adalah berbeza dengan suasana dan kehidupan di IPT. Pelajar IPT perlu lebih berdikari untuk mengikuti sistem pengajaran dan pembelajaran yang berbeza daripada sekolah.

Bagi individu palsi serebrum khususnya yang memerlukan bantuan dalam sesetengah aktiviti kehidupan, kami perlu menghadapi cabaran yang lebih mencabar berbanding mereka yang upaya. Antaranya,

- Pemilihan IPT & Hidup Berdikari - Lokasi IPT khususnya IPTA merupakan faktor yang sangat penting bagi sesetengah kami dalam permilihan IPT. Kami mungkin terpaksa memilih IPT yang berdekatan dengan keluarga kami walaupun mempunyai keinginan untuk mengikuti kursus tertentu di IPT lain. Hal ini kerana kami memerlukan bantuan orang lain dalam sesetengah aktiviti kehidupan. Ada juga antara kami berkeinginan belajar di luar negeri dan yakin dapat hidup berdikari, tetapi ibu bapa kami mungkin tidak bersetuju kerana mereka bimbang akan kami yang sukar melakukan sesuatu.

- Aksesibiliti - Kami perlu memilih IPT yang menyediakan aksesibiliti yang mesra OKU seperti tandas OKU, railing, ram, laluan masuk ke dalam bilik kuliah dan tutorial yang mesra OKU dan sebagainya. Hal ini amat penting bagi membolehkan kami menjalani kehidupan harian dan belajar.

- Mobiliti - Di IPT, para pelajar perlu bergerak dari satu kelas ke satu kelas yang lain dan juga dari satu bangunan ke satu bangunan yang lain untuk belajar. Selain kuliah dan tutorial, para pelajar juga perlu ke tempat-tempat lain dalam kampus seperti kafeteria, bank, perpustakaan, kedai buku, kedai fotostat, bilik pensyarah, pejabat hal ehwal pelajar yang terletak pada bangunan-bangunan yang berlainan untuk pelbagai urusan. Hal ini sememangnya menjadi cabaran bagi kami yang menghadapi masalah pergerakan.

- Aktiviti-aktiviti kehidupan - Bagi kami yang tinggal dalam kampus, kami mungkin menghadapi kesukaran untuk melakukan aktiviti-aktiviti harian seperti membasuh dan menyidai pakaian, membuat minuman, pergi ke kafeteria untuk membeli makanan dan sebagainya.

- Pembelajaran - Kami yang menghadapi masalah pergerakan tangan tidak dapat menyalin nota semasa kuliah dan tidak sempat membuat sebarang catatan semasa perbincangan.

Walaubagaimanapun, sokongan kuat pihak IPT seperti menyediakan aksesibiliti OKU, para pensyarah yang prihatin, rakan-rakan yang baik hati dan sudi membantu serta sokongan keluarga adalah penting untuk membantu kami menghadapi cabaran-cabaran tersebut. Selain sokongan mereka, kami sendiri juga perlu mempunyai semangat yang tinggi serta tidak mudah putus asa demi meneruskan pengajian di IPT.

Selain itu, ada juga antara kami yang mengikuti pelajaran di sekolah khas mempunyai keinginan untuk belajar di IPT khususnya kolej demi masa depan yang lebih baik. Namun, kami sukar mencari kolej yang bersesuaian kerana kami tidak mempunyai sijil PMR dan SPM yang merupakan salah satu syarat kemasukan bagi kebanyakan kolej. Kami bukannya tidak mahu menduduki peperiksaan tersebut, tetapi kami tidak berpeluang ke sekolah biasa untuk mendapat pendidikan menengah atas ketidakupayaan fizikal kami, masalah aksesibiliti, masalah pengangkutan dan masalah keluarga, walaupun kami berpotensi dalam akademik. Ada antara kami ini cuba mendapatkan guru tuisyen dan belajar sendiri atau belajar di sekolah swasta untuk menduduki peperiksaan PMR dan SPM agar dapat meneruskan pelajaran di kolej tetapi ia amat sukar. Hal ini semua amat menyedihkan kami dan menjejaskan masa depan kami.

Ikuti catatan seterusnya bertajuk James Ng Memperolehi Diploma di Methodist Pilley Institute pada 13 November 2011
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