I was waiting for good news to be announced in our local daily, The Star on 20thof June.Alas, the first of its kind news was made official in the paper.
The Star’s “Wheel Power” columnist, Anthony Thanasayan was elected as one of five councillors with disabilities by the new government in Selangor, Malaysia.Senior and disabled people had waited too long for such good news to come about.
The move by the Selangor Government to finally include disabled persons into the local council on an equal status is a history making effort since the birth of our nation.
I was swept off my feet the first time I met Anthony.His resounding statement echoed in my mind constantly.He said, “my mission is to be of service to people with all types of disabilities”.A man of his words he had highlighted social and health issues relating to people with handicap, parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, mental disabilities, epilepsy, hearing impairment, blindness, alzheimer’s disease and learning disabilities in his Wheel Power column.
Anthony indeed is a remarkable and exceptionally outstanding disabled person who has served and will continue to serve elderly and people with disabilities in his relentless ways.
The appointment of Anthony together with four other disabled councillors will certainly light up the dark tunnel of every person with disability.