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Teamwork a boon for needy: Teo
Published on: Sunday, September 24, 2017

Kudat: The Government is aware of the needs of the less fortunate and has carried out many programmes to assist them, said the Minister of Special Tasks Datuk Teo Chee Kang.

For instance, Teo said blind and visually impaired have undergone many programmes that accorded them living skills such as reflexology and mushroom cultivation, organic vegetable and free range chicken farming.

"I understand that many of the blind and visually impaired have become masseurs through training and some of them are now employed by massage outlets, operating on their own, while others are according services to the general public in areas like the Gaya Street Sunday Market, among others.

"I am sure the successful implementation of such beneficial programmes were due to close cooperation between the society and the Government as well as other non-governmental organisations (NGOs)."

Teo, who is also Tanjong Kapor Assemblyman, said this when welcoming cyclist Louis Pang who has ridden his bicycle from Sematan, Sarawak to Simpang Mengayau, Kudat to raise awareness on the need of the blind and the visually impaired in Sabah.

Pang has also successfully entered the Malaysia Book of Records for completing the 1,712-kilometre journey from the southern tip to the northern tip of Borneo.

Called the "Tour of Hope", the endeavour aimed to raise RM2.9 million to build 72 homes for the blind and visually impaired in the Wallace Training Centre in Tuaran.

Although the Government was always ready to help those in need, including the blind and visually impaired, Teo said the society's teamwork and bid to be self-sufficient was always a boon for the needy.

"With such tireless and selfless efforts by the society, I am sure that the organisation concerned will succeed in ensuring that the needy acquire good facilities and fitting services for a brighter future.

"The promotion of education for the blind and according them employment as well as taking care of their general welfare and to facilitate eye care and blindness prevention programmes in the State are, I believe, of great interest to the society.

"I commend the society's good work and noble gesture in ensuring that these less fortunate have a better future."

Teo also lauded Pang's bid to raise awareness and funds for the worthy cause as it would not only instil awareness among the general public on the plight of these less fortunate people but also evoke in them generosity that will benefit these community as a whole.

"Louis Pang's ride through more than 1,600km is not only admirable but praiseworthy as it shows determination and fortitude in this young man who once suffered severe back pain due to slip discs. I am sure it must have been very painful for him.

"Through his perseverance, he managed to overcome his ailment and now he has cycled all those kilometres and all in the name of raising awareness among the general public to raise funds for the blind.

"Nothing can be nobler than this gesture. We salute his tenacity in completing this ride and we are honoured that he made his finishing point in Simpang Mengayau Kudat."

He added that Pang has also set an example and benchmark for youths of the State, in his bid to stay fit and healthy.

Also present were Sabah Society for the Blind President Datuk Rosalind Chew, Kudat Police Chief Douglas Taong, Kudat District Officer Sapdin Ibrahim and Sabah Society for the Blind fundraising chairperson Phang Joo See.

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