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38 visually-impaired benefit from programme
Published on: Monday, September 18, 2023
By: Marutin Ansiung
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Mas Syazwan in a group photo with the participants.
Tenom: Thirty-eight visually impaired individuals participated in the 2023 Asian Level Visually Impaired Programme organised by Youth Development Committee, Society of the Blind Malaysia (SBM) in collaboration with the District Office.

They were taken on a three-day visit to Sabah Agricultural Park (TPS) Lagud Seberang.

District Officer Mas Syazwan Masood believed the programme had a huge impact on those involved.

“You are able to live in a situation that we think is difficult to go through and overcome,” he said.

He was impressed with the spirit and perseverance of this group in going through life in their condition.

On the programme, Mas Syazwan, said it helped raise awareness to the community on the rights of people with disabilities.

He hoped the programme can be continued in the future to enable other visually impaired to have similar opportunities.

Executive Director of the Visually Impaired Youth Programme, Mohamad Ezhar Anwar said the programme prepares the visually impaired to be future leaders.

“Even though they are visually impaired, some of them are completely blind, they deserve to be leaders,” he said, adding that knowledge is power.

Also present were Melalap Community Development Leader (PPM) Simon Mamat and heads of departments and community leaders.

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