Saturday, June 28, 2008


I was waiting for good news to be announced in our local daily, The Star on 20th of June. Alas, the first of its kind news was made official in the paper.

The Star’s “Wheel Power” columnist, Anthony Thanasayan was elected as one of five councillors with disabilities by the new government in Selangor, Malaysia. Senior and disabled people had waited too long for such good news to come about.

The move by the Selangor Government to finally include disabled persons into the local council on an equal status is a history making effort since the birth of our nation.

I was swept off my feet the first time I met Anthony. His resounding statement echoes in my mind constantly. He said, “my mission is to be of service to people with all types of disabilities”. A man of his words he had highlighted social and health issues relating to people with handicap, parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, mental disabilities, epilepsy, hearing impairment, blindness, alzheimer’s disease and learning disabilities in his Wheel Power column.

Anthony indeed is a remarkable and exceptionally outstanding disabled person who has served and will continue to serve elderly and people with disabilities in his relentless ways.

The appointment of Anthony together with four other disabled councillors will certainly light up the dark tunnel of every person with disability.


1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much Serene for your kind words about me.

    You are also a beacon of light for many persons with epilepsy.

    I have great admiration for you. Not only are you one of the "worst" hit with the condition, but you have triumphed amazingly through it.

    And today, you are offering hope to hundreds of others in your condition to prove through your experience that life is only the beginning for persons with epilepsy.

    Bravo to you my fellow activist on this earth!


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