February 19, 2005.
New Straits Times (Malaysia).
Four blind graduates of University of Malaya (UM) have set up a company to motivate the blind and create job opportunities for them.
The firm, Practical Learning Services, was conceptualised by Wong Huey Siew, 35, Zamzuri Ghani, 29, Mohd Nor Dun, 33, and Khoo Chee Tiong, 23, who invested RM800 of their savings into it.
They have designed modules for student development programmes, public workshops and seminars, corporate training and research.
"It is important that blind people learn to diversify.
"Previously, we were limited to teaching or massaging jobs. We want to explore other areas," Wong said.
"We want to highlight that our disability is also our strength. We have made it and would like to share our success story."
The company also caters to the non-visually impaired.
"We will use the same programmes for the public and organisations in need of our services. "We are professionals with a lot of experience. Also, we use our disability to motivate the public. It's a lot more effective," Wong said.
National Council for the Blind Malaysia assistant executive director Moses Cheong said the council was proud of the initiative taken by the four.
"Though we had the first blind teacher in 1967, none has been daring enough to venture into corporate training."
Their first seminar will be held on March 19 and is priced at RM200 for adults and RM100 for students.
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