Saturday, December 29, 2007

Wanita MCA wants to do more for disabled

KUALA LUMPUR: Wanita MCA wants to do more than just contribute money to the disabled.

Its chief Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen said yesterday that the wing always looked for ways and means to provide support for all sectors, especially the poor and disabled.

“We do not believe in just giving money because that is short term. This is the second year the wing has participated in giving mobility to the disabled and we want to do more,” she said after presenting a cheque for RM20,000 to Beautiful Gate Foundation For The Disabled for its Project Care “Gift of Life” for the Disabled.

“One of the important empowerment processes is the ability to move freely, and the handicapped must be given as many opportunities as possible to better their lives.

“The public should have greater understanding of this need,” she said.

Lending a hand: Dr Ng (second from left) and other Wanita MCA members joining foundation members (in red) in a sing-along yesterday.

On a separate note, Dr Ng said the wing would start its professional curtain sewing courses next month.

“This is one way to pursue home economy,” she said.

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Sunday, December 23, 2007























摘自:光华日报.Kwong Wah

Friday, December 21, 2007

Joint Dongzi and Christmas celebration


FOR the fourth consecutive year, Petaling Jaya MP Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun's office is organising an event to bring the public and the disabled together. It is to celebrate Dongzi and Christmas.

It will be held on Dec 22 on the second floor of the Atria Shopping Complex in Damansara Jaya.

Come one, come all: Wendy Chan (left) and Victor Gu, Chew’s assistant service team leader, at the press conference to announce the event.

The event will feature various activities such as an art competition, Tong Yuen (glutinous rice ball) making competition, lucky draw, Beautiful Gate choir and dance troupe.

Some of the participants will be from the Beautiful Gate Foundation, SS2 Lovely Disabled Home and Taman Mayang Disabled Home.

Organising committee chairman Wendy Chan said there will also free hair cut, eye tests, health checks and mammograms for the disabled at the event.

"From last year's Gift of Life programme, we managed to collect 111 gifts for some disabled friends and since then there has been more applications from needy disabled friends.

"Now we require 54 units of detachable light weight wheelchairs, 10 units of three-wheeled motorcycles, 24 units of motorised wheelchairs, three units of computers and 23 units of medical cushions. These gifts can really help our disabled friends to improve their lives and generate income.

"The public can help acquiring these gifts," she said representing Chew who was unable to make it to the press conference due to her recent accident.

Chan said Chew hoped to make it for the event on Dec 22.

Various sponsors from the community support the event.

Voter's registration will also be open on the event day. There will also be a booth for the registration of the disabled people by Majlis Kebajikan Dan Pembanguan Masyarakat (Mayang).

Those who would like to register for the Tong Yuen competition can call 012-2020998 to register as participation is only limited to 20 people.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Only for the disabled

SOME 100 disabled people from the Klang Valley gathered at the Centro Mall in Klang last Sunday for a free health check sponsored by various parties.

Many of them arrived as early as 9am at the event organised by Beautiful Gate Foundation For The Disabled, preparing themselves for blood and urine tests as well as Electrocardiogram (ECG).

The foundation executive director Sia Siew Chin said they appreciated the generous gesture of all the parties involved in making the charity event a success.

This was the third annual event provided for the disabled people who could not afford the health examinations, she said.

Vital check: A volunteer taking blood from Tan Siew Wee from Klang Beautiful Gate during the event at Centro. Looking on are Song (second from right) and Sia (left).

“It is sad to see that many of them do not go for their yearly health checks simply because they cannot afford to pay,” she said after the closing of the event by Kapar MCA division chief Datuk Song Kee Chai.

Sia said a disabled friend had died of cancer and added that he could have survived if he had gone for regular health checks and detected the ailment early.

“Physical health is very important to a disabled person in order for him or her to live independently,” she said.

She hoped that more disabled people would take part in such events in the future.

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Centre welcomes recyclable items from the public

IF you have old newspapers, books, clothes, electrical appliances, computer, cans, glass and plastic items, you can get rid of them for a good cause.

The public can contribute to charity by giving away the recyclable items to The Beautiful Gate Foundation For The Disabled.

The foundation’s executive director Sia Siew Chin said the items collected would be sold for cash and the money would be used for the centres’ various charity projects or to finance its daily expenses.

“Selling the recyclables help to generate some income for the centre’s disabled members,” she said.

Members of the public can send the items to the centre at No. 29, SS2/59, Petaling Jaya or call them at 03-78736579 or 03-78758609 or SMS to 019-2198440.

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Proud to be free


IT was tough at first, but their determination to be independent motivated them to keep going. Today, the beautiful people of the Beautiful Gate Foundation for the Disabled are proudly operating their own market stalls.

After five months of trial-and-error, their four market stalls selling flowers, recycled items, vegetables and newspapers at Jalan SS2/62 in Petaling Jaya are now running smoothly.

Their day starts at 6.30am when they set up the stalls. The location of the four stalls is convenient, just at the beginning of Jalan SS2/62, so that they need not struggle on their wheelchairs to the centre or further side of the market.

According to Beautiful Gate executive director Sia Siew Chin, the home was given two licences to trade five years ago but the location was too far in the middle of the market, making it difficult for the disabled persons to access.

”As a result, we could not operate properly and later did not renew the licences,” Sia said.

Business opportunity: Sia (in red T-shirt) attends to two customers at the recycled items stall.

In 2004, the MPBJ built a RM420,000 barrier-free zone from the location of the Beautiful Gate centre on Jalan SS2/24 to the market area, making accessibility easy for the disabled persons.

The home was granted four licences in August this year but the stalls could only be properly established in the last few weeks.

Sia said the programme was to train more disabled people in business to enable them to achieve independence by earning their own income.

“We take it as a training ground for the disabled people to do business. Right now, we are training the trainees to develop business skills,” she said.

“It is good for them as it helps build self-confidence and later, they would be able to start their own businesses. Helping them to be independent is our long-term objective,” she said.

Here you go: Lai Soo Kong handing over newspapers to customers

While some of the products are for sale at the market, the public can also visit the home in SS2 to place orders for flowers.

Chitra Subramaniam took a flower arrangement course conducted at the home when she joined it in April this year.

Chitra is now creating beautiful floral decorations for sale at the market.

“I am interested in this art and I am glad I learnt this because it helps me to earn some income,” she said.

Damansara Utama assemblyman Datuk Lim Choon Kin said the trading licence created work opportunity for the disabled community.

“The general public in Petaling Jaya can support them by buying their products,” he said.

Lim said this at the launch of the stalls on Dec 6 in conjunction with the International Disabled Day, which was commemorated on Dec 3.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Your Waste Is Our Hope!!

Hi friends,

It is spring cleaning time again!!

Please donate recyclable items to Beautiful Gate Foundation For the Disabled in support of people with disabilities. We collect old newspaper, books, clothes, electrical items, computers, tins, cans, plastic & etc. Your waste can help in create job opportunities for disabled persons and in the same time reduce the financial burden of Beautiful Gate Foundation.


Please call 03-78736579, 03-78758609, or SMS 019-2198440 for more information.

Please kindly forward to your friends.

Siew Chin
















摘自:光华日报.Kwong Woh

Wednesday, December 5, 2007














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Monday, December 3, 2007

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Enable Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities

Principles of the Convention

  1. Respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make one's own choices, and independence of persons
  2. Non-discrimination
  3. Full and effective participation and inclusion in society
  4. Respect for difference and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity
  5. Equality of opportunity
  6. Accessibility
  7. Equality between men and women
  8. Respect for the evolving capacities of children with disabilities and respect for the right of children with disabilities to preserve their identities
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The present Convention shall be open for signature by all States and by regional integration organizations at United Nations Headquarters in New York as of 30 March 2007.

Right to life

Every human being has the inherent right to life and shall take all necessary measures to ensure its effective enjoyment by persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others.

Living Independently

All persons with disabilities have the equal rights to live in the community, with choices equal to others, and shall take effective and appropriate measures to facilitate full enjoyment by persons with disabilities of this right and their full inclusion and participation in the community.


As of March 30, some 80 countries have signed the new Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Malaysia is not on the list of signatories but the Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said "we are working towards it".

"We want to have our groundwork in place first. Our legal advisers are working 24/7 to finalise the Persons with Disabilities Bill to be tabled in Parliament this year. Once we have that in place, we will sign the convention."


As of October 19, Malaysia has yet to be on the CRPD list of signatories.


International Day of Disabled Persons

Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities

In every society very few persons with disabilities are gainfully employed. In fact, in most countries up to 80% of persons with disabilities of working age are unemployed. Most others are under-employed or will never have access to the labour market. Everywhere there is a sizable gap between the working conditions and employment trends of persons with disabilities and those without a disability. All too often persons with disabilities are dependent upon begging, hand-outs, and welfare for their livelihood, not through any meaningful employment. The denial of opportunities and negative attitudes are the main reasons why persons with disabilities are disproportionally absent from the workforce.

This year's International day of Disabled Persons focuses on how to ensure decent work for persons with disabilities and on ways to tap into the abilities of this marginalized talent pool. The recently adopted Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes in Article 27 the rights of persons with disabilities to work and employment on an equal basis with others. It stresses the right of persons with disabilities to earn a living from freely chosen work, and to work in an environment that is both accessible and accepting.

Many countries do not have legislation to promote and protect the rights of disabled workers. This makes discrimination on the grounds of disability legitimate, hindering persons with disabilities from entering the labour market. However, the discrimination often begins a lot earlier in life, when persons with disabilities are denied other opportunities that would facilitate their inclusion into the workforce, such as education or training in employable skills, accessible transportation to get to work, and accessible workplaces.

Employers often resist employing a person with disabilities believing they will be unable to perform their roles and/or that it would be too expensive. This attitude is rooted in fear and stereotyping, focusing more on the disability than on the abilities of the individual. Empirical evidence, however, shows that persons with disabilities have high performance ratings and retention rates, as well as better attendance records than their non-disabled colleagues. In addition, the cost of accommodating workers with disabilities can be minimal, with most requiring no special accommodation at all. Studies have shown that there are other benefits to employers of persons with disabilities, such as improved workforce morale and increased customer goodwill.

Ensuring decent work for persons with disabilities will vary from country to country, and setting to setting. Business groups, Governments, and persons with disabilities should work closely together to address both the lack of opportunities that prevent persons with disabilities from entering the workforce and the attitudes found among employers. For many persons with disabilities in developing countries self-employment is the only option. Countries should consider ways that support persons with disabilities in this area, such as the inclusion of persons with disabilities in schemes such as micro-credit and micro-finance, which have largely excluded persons with disabilities as potential beneficiaries.

In more developed countries, persons with disabilities still experience high rates of unemployment. Countries need to continue to close the existing gap between persons with disabilities and those without disabilities. The Convention will mean that workplaces and practices are adapted to be more accessible and accepting. It will also mean that employers and the business community will have greater roles to play in the social and economic integration of persons with disabilities.

In order to support the implementation of the Convention, this International Day will look at new ways in which the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the labour market may be promoted by governments, the private sector, and/or civil society, including the disability community. These include programmes such as supported employment, social enterprises, cooperatives, on the job disability management (job retention and return to work measures), and on the promotion of entrepreneurship, self employment and viable micro and small businesses.

The International Day is an invaluable opportunity that should be seized by Governments, business groups and persons with disabilities to discuss and formulate ways that allow persons with disabilities to participate fully in the labour market.

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Saturday, December 1, 2007

Photo from Team No 9

Treasure Hunt - Photo Flashback

Special Thanks To All Volunteers

Special thanks to all of you for being a helpful hand before and during the event, and thanks to everyone for woke up so early during the weekend from all over the town.

Event Coordinator - Michael & Florence

Noted that you had sleepless night before the hunt as you were preparing for 2 events at the same day. The interesting questions really made us laugh out loud during the answer presentation. Guess some of the beginners still cracking their head to figure out the answers... experience does count!

Hunt Team - Phyllis, Weng & Kendra

Thanks for running around the town to get the answers sheets and treasures from the hunters. It must be challenging as there were ad hoc tasks need to attend. Calling every team for cancellation of Question No 15 is a no joke task.

Venue Team - Isaac, Faith, Indren & Jacqueline

Your work station may be a bit boring, but without you be there, the traffic can be hay wired. Salutes to you all for being a good traffic controller.

Photo Team - WK, Isaac & Ruey Shyan

WK, thanks for woke up so early in the morning despite that you have not done so for long times... haha. On the road, Ruey Shyan & Isaac must have a lot of fun time by looking at the hunters funny face. Chang, being a hunter, also a member of LENSA, thanks for last minute arrangement taking photos at Segi College. All of you have certainly taken great photos during the event.

Emcee - William

Being a humourous emcee, you can consider to setup a fans club now, your fans will come from both World Vision and Beautiful Gate... haha! Thanks for coming all the way from Seremban to attend our event.

Special Thanks To All Sponsors

Venue Sponsors

The Summit Shopping Center

Special thanks to The Summit for sponsoring of flag off venue. The Summit is the first sponsor to response to our request, also accommodate some of our last minute changes, very much appreciated. The Summit is always supportive by sponsoring venue for many events of Beautiful Gate.

Segi College

Special thanks to Segi College for sponsoring of their theatre for treasure hunt answer presentation session. The theatre fully equipped with sounds system, projector screen, air-conditioning has definitely made our participants comfortable after the exhausting hunt on the road.

Major Sponsors

Sunway Engineering

Special thanks to Sunway Engineering for being the major sponsor of the event. With the contribution of RM 5,000, this definitely give us the confidence to carry out the event without worrying of the three grand prizes.

Pizza Hut - Eat, Laugh, Share

Special thanks to Pizza Hut for sponsoring of lunch and a wheelchair to the Beautiful Gate. Their kind sponsors filled up the hunters stomach and also changing life of a differently-abled people.

Cash, Prizes and Goodies Bags Sponsors

Treasure Hunt Wish List

Motorised Wheelchair
24 units @ RM 8,800 per unit

The most upsetting fact for those with severe physical disability but mentally healthy children is that they cannot even operate a basic wheelchair. The thought of always having to fully depend on the help of others is the main cause towards their loss of determination to live. A motorised chair only requires one finger to operate, this is at least still within their ability. Your gift will open a whole new future path for them to live independently.

Detachable Lightweight Wheelchairs
54 units @ RM 1,200 per unit

Disabled friends living in poverty have only basic wheelchair and some of them are even WITHOUT one! They depend heavily on others to carry out simple daily activities. As a result of mobility restriction, many of them lose the opportunity to attend school, seek employment and make friends. A detachable lightweight wheelchair will allow them to take care of their daily activities independently without troubling others therefore giving them a chance to step out of their house into the society, this will also lessen the burden on their family members. Your act of kindness gives them the opportunity to go into school, gain employment, and most importantly, give them hope for the future.

Medicated Cushion
23 units @ RM 1,800 per unit

Spinal injury paralyses the lower body. As a result, these disabled friends suffer from bowel malfunction and easily develop pressure sore that force them to be in bed for an extensive period of time. With a specially designed medical cushion, it protects their vulnerable hips from further injury and infection, thus allowing them to lead a normal life instead spending the rest of their lives in bed.

Motorcycle for Disabled
10 units @ RM 5,880 per unit

The numerous traffic and industrial accidents have created many middle-aged disabled persons, causing them to lose their ability to work, and cutting off the main course of income for their families. With a three-wheeled motorcycle, not only does it allow the disabled parents to run small businesses and fulfill their role as the main provider of the family, your gift will also allows them to continue contributing to the society regardless of their disabilities.

Treasure Hunt Organising Team

Jointly Organised By

MCA Wanita / MCA Life Long Learning Social Concern Pillar

Beautiful Gate Foundation For The Disabled

Organising Chairman

Dr Ng Yen Yen

Working Committee

Chairman Datin Roslind

Vice Chairman Serena Pang

Secretary Sia Siew Chin

Treasurer Wanita MCA

Event Coordinator Members
  • Chong Kar Yee
  • Ivy Pua
  • Isaac Tho
  • Jacqueline Lee
  • Phyllis Leow
  • Thomas Yeoh
  • William Lee
  • Chan Kam Weng
  • Faith H'ng
  • Indren
  • Kendra Lam
  • Tan Ruey Shyan
  • Tan Wee Keong

Be An Angel Treasure Hunt

1st December 2007

Start / Finish Venue :
The Summit, USJ

Entry Fee :
Minimum Donation of RM 300 per team

Format and details of this event

  • 100% hunt. A no frills, just thrills event.
  • Start venue & time : The Summit Shopping Center @ 8am
  • Registration & briefing : 7.30am
  • Finish venue & time : The Summit Shopping Center @ 12noon
  • Answers and prize presentations @ 2.00pm
  • Lunch will be provided.
  • Questions
    35 route Qs x 2 pts (Part A – 15 Q , Part B – 20 Q)
    5 treasures x 5 pts
    5 Beautiful Gate & International Day of Disabled People Trivia Qs x 1 pts (10min - start at 12.00noon)
  • Tie breakers – 1. Trivia Qs, 2. Treasures 3. Route Qs 4. Time.
  • Collect t-shirts and car stickers from Beautiful Gate on Wed 28/11 and Thurs 29/11 10am -7pm.
  • “Treasure Hunt 101” - a coaching session tailored for beginners will be conducted at The Summit Shopping Center on Friday 30/11 at 6.30pm All regular hunters need not attend.
  • Clerk of course: Michael Pang
  • Entry closing date: 5pm on Friday 23 Nov. 2007

Entry Fee & Instructions

Per team : A minimum donation of RM300
Please download Entry Form

Bank-in to

Beautiful Gate Foundation For The Disabled
Public Bank A/C No: 3139933307

Fax entry & payment slip to : 03- 7876 2686

Contact Person
  • Datin Rosalind, Tel: 012-278 1687
  • Sia Siew Chin, H/P 019-219 8440 (prefer SMS),
  • Ivy Pua, Tel: 03-78736579/7875 8609
  • Serena Pang, H/P 012-2270229,