Wisma Tun Fuad first building with motorised wheelchair facility
Published on: Thursday, May 10, 2012

Kota Kinabalu: Wisma Tun Fuad Stephens here has become the first disabled-friendly building in Sabah, providing facilities like a motorised wheelchair lift outside, parking lot, washroom and a sliding door at the main entrance for the convenience of those physically challenged.Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Azizah Dun officiated at the easy access ceremony for the physically challenged at the premises here, Wednesday.

According to her, more facilities will be added including voice synthesisers inside lifts to announce which floor a person is in.

"This is very helpful for the blind," she said, reminding everyone that life is unpredictable.

"What would you feel if you were unable to walk?

You can be in their shoes in a blink of an eye. Of course you are free to walk here and there right now. But you never know what might happen to you tomorrow, so please be considerate of other people who are immobile.

These things can also happen to your loved ones."

To illustrate her point, she recalled her recent car accident experience.

"I had to sit in a wheelchair for a few days. I know what it's like to be immobile.

This can happen to anyone and I want everyone to realise that these facilities are not only for the physically challenged, but among those who can benefit from these facilities include pregnant women as well as senior citizens."

"Shopping complexes such as 1Borneo, Suria Sabah and Warisan Square provide facilities for the disabled but these do not comply with the standards which have been set up," she said, calling on others to follow Wisma Tun Fuad Stephens' lead.

One of the physically challenged, Fariz A. Rani was pleased with the facilities at Wisma Tun Fuad Stephens.

He requested that more buildings especially public places such as banks, post offices and shopping complexes emulate what has been launched there.

"We also want to go where everyone else goes to," he said.

According to statistics in Dec 2011, there are 18,780 people who are physically challenged in Sabah.


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