Raya Cheer For 237 Kids

Source: The Star - 07 August 2012

Subang Jaya: It was hard for Mohd Nasrul Syukri to contain his excitement as he waited in line for his Baju Melayu. The 10-year-old who has Down Syndrome was among 237 people with disabilities who received duit raya and Raya goodies from the Association of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers (Bakti) welfare department head Toh Puan Dr Aishah Ong. “We will use the RM100 to buy Nasrul new clothes.

Star He always insists on choosing his own,” Nasrul's mother Sharipah Ramli said at the Mydin Mall here yesterday. The children were from seven community rehabilitation centres in the Klang Valley. Bakti also handed contributions to staff and parents of the disabled children. Sharipah, 41, said Nasrul's condition had not prevented him from being independent. “He can go to school on his own. I am not worried when he goes out and plays with other children at the flat where we live as he knows his way back,” she added.

Nasrul, who loves to sing the Negaraku and plays football, has been with the Taman Kanagapuram PDK for three years. The others that received contributions were PDK Permata, Telok Panglima Garang's PDK Rumah Sayangku, PDK Klang Utara, PDK Klang Selatan, PDK Sungai Buloh and Shah Alam's PDK Mutiara Hatiku. Bakti president and Prime Minister's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, in a speech read by Dr Aishah, said the organisation had also allocated RM10,000 for disabled children at registered PDKs in each state. “I hope charitable bodies in all states would not give up initiating more programmes for the disabled,'' she added. Rosmah said the potential of disabled children should not be overlooked.