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Paul Simon knows a talent when he hears the person sing. That is why the singing icon allowed Kodi Lee to perform Simon And Garfunkel’s 1970 hit  Bridge Over Troubled Water  during the quarter-finals of  America’s Got Talent . On Wednesday, Lee crossed the final bridge to become the 14th season’s champion, netting US$1mil (RM4.19mil) and a chance to headline shows at Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in...
For some people like R.Sriramanujam, there is a great scope despite being blind. He was not someone who usually cursed his fate but instead, he decided to change his chapter by achieving something great in his life. This goes to show how determined he is. He approached his life with a fresh perspective and today he is the world’s first blind news reader. Hailing from Tamil Nadu, he has received praises for his attitude. He may not...
An iconic fast food spot in Petaling Jaya has been in the spotlight for hiring senior citizens and people with disabilities. A Twitter user known as Cikgu Brian recently posted about his visit to A&W on Lorong Sultan and how impressed he was by the restaurant’s diverse group of employees. “A&W Petaling Jaya has gained my respect for hiring the hearing-impaired and senior citizens. “It not only makes this a...
Niranjan Mukundan, a 24 year old para swimmer from India recently made his country proud at the Norwegian Swimming Championships 2019 (Ado Cup). Niranjan took home not one but 5 gold medals in the swimming competition. He won in the 50 metre butterfly, 200 metre IM (Individual medley), 200 metre breaststroke, 100 metre freestyle and 50 metre breaststroke categories. His victory at the championship earned him an important milestone in...
Tyler Butler- Figueroa may only be a fifth grader at Walnut Creek Elementary in Raleigh, yet his story is nothing short of amazing. At the age of four, Tyler’s mother learned that her baby boy had cancer. His illness first came to light when she suspected something was wrong at dinner one night – “One day, we were out to dinner, and we said something doesn’t look right with Tyler. He turned kind of pale. So a...
Thila Laxshman may be best known for her singing prowess or even her days as a leading actress, producer, master of ceremonies and trainer in the Malaysian Indian entertainment industry. Yet, being actively involved in community service and being an advocate for children with autism is by far her most important role, she says. Thila’s own son, Danvi Laxshman Siva Kumar, now a 19 year old student at the IMC Centre, was diagnosed with...
Meet Taufik, a seven-year-old deaf and mute boy from Senaru village in North Lombok. This unassuming child is now hailed as a hero for his act of helping foreign tourists evacuate from the area when an earthquake jolted Lombok Island recently. The boy, who lives with his grandmother, earns a living by acting as a guide assisting tourists and visitors at the Tiu Kelep and Sendang Gila waterfalls in Lombok. He assisted Malaysian...
What stands out about Amanda Kong Hwei Zhen, 24, is not merely her visual impairment, it is in fact her intelligence, self-sufficient nature and a woman full of personality that exudes life. When I first met her many moons ago, I really didn’t know how to deal with her being blind, much like many people who have met her. I was curious about this woman who was born with congenital (childhood) glaucoma and graduated with a First Class...
Minderjit Kaur* is a wheelchair-bound Differently Abled Individual (OKU) who has been looking for employment for the past two years, but without much luck. She is part of almost 500,000 persons with disabilities (PWD) who can become part of the country’s work force and contribute to the nation’s economy, if given the chance. Unfortunately, the doors are simply not fully opened for people like Minderjit and the rest. However,...
Sharon Lee had always been passionate about being involved in charity and community programmes.  It was nurtured in her from young as she was actively involved in the Leo Club during her schooling days back in the 80s. Subsequently, this passion of hers came in very useful when she was gifted with a special needs daughter. Sharon managed to get her daughter educated but soon realised that once the special needs courses...
By goodnews.com.my Reporters Imagine cycling for 72 hours, covering 1,000kms in all! After just ten kilometres, your muscles will be aching, palms will be numb and bursting with blisters, and your bum will feel like you are sitting on hot coal. But that’s exactly what 43-year-old Lee Yee Seng did – and all for a good cause. Lee is the president of Malaysia Lysosomal Diseases Association (MLDA), and he undertook the...
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