Motorcyclist take over space meant for the disabled Photo courtesy of AZILA ALIAS
By Sakini Mohd Said
(This commentary is the personal opinion of the writer and is not necessarily a reflection of Bernama's stand on the matter.)
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Despite being wheelchair-bound, Azila Alias often has to compete with able-bodied persons to use public facilities made for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). Some of them even have the audacity to tell her off despite being in the wrong.
"Many people still use the facilities despite knowing that it is unethical to do so, such as using toilets for PWDs.
"However, when confronted about it, they would get angry. Some would just say 'sorry' curtly but some resort to snide comments, telling wheelchair-bound PWDs to just wait for our turn. They said that it was not like it was tiring for us to wait because we were just sitting anyway, " the 45-year-old told Bernama after an interview on her recent entrepreneurial project.
Azila was the table tennis bronze medal winner at the 2017 Asian Paralympic Games. She was born with Myelomeningocele, a type of spina bifida that often results in the most severe complications. Spina bifida is a birth defect in which the spinal canal and the backbone do not close before birth.
She said that it had become a common occurrence for PWDs to have to wait a long time to use a facility meant for them, as it was often misused by able-bodied persons.....