IPOH, July 16 (Bernama) -- Parents, teachers and the community should no longer stifle the mental development of disabled children as they possess special qualities and talents, sometimes even performing better than their able-bodied counterparts, said the prime ministr's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
She said society should also never overlook the welfare of these special children and must be prepared to accept their presence in the community.
"This is enable such children to get out of their cocoon of unforeseen misfortune or prevent them from feeling dispirited, but instead not see themselves as disabled individuals."
Rosmah said this at the handing-out of contributions to several special children in conjunction with the Aidilfitri Semai Bakti Programme at the Mydin hypermarket in Meru, here, today.
Also present were the deputy prime minister's wife Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman and wife of the Perak menteri besar, Datin Seri Saripah Zulkifli, who is also the president of the Welfare Body of the Wives of Perak Elected Representatives (Baiduri).
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Rosmah, who is the president of the Welfare and Charitable Body of the Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers (Bakti), said each welfare body in the respective states should work together with various parties, particularly the government, private sector and concerned individuals so that more programmes could be implemented for the disabled.
"I've always said that they (disbled) should be given more space to get a fair chance to reach their maximum potential and play a role in society towards helping the nation achieve its goals and vision," she said.
At the event, 249 disabled children from 10 community-based rehabilitation centres (PDKs) in Perak, including the Baiti PDK in Felda Lawin Selatan, Cahaya Intan Labu Kubung PDK and Permata Nilai Bukit Gantang PDK, received "duit raya" and foodstuff.
They were then taken shopping for new clothes at the hypermarket to celebrate the upcoming Aidilfitri.
One of the children, Suria Amani Rosman, three, who has Down's Syndrome and autism, was accompanied by her mother, Zulaila Abu Kassim, 44, who said the contributions could ease her family's financial burden in preparing for Aidilfitri.
Six-year-old W. Kadilesh who became disabled after an illness, was among 17 non-Muslim recipients of the Raya contributions.
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