Latar Belakang PDK Selayang

PDK Selayang (Pusat Pemulihan Dalam Komuniti Selayang) telah ditubuhkan pada 1hb Sept 1991, oleh sekumpulan ibubapa kepada kanak-kanak kurang upaya (pada masa tersebut dipanggil sebagai kanak-kanak istimewa) yang anak-anak mereka telah dikeluarkan dari pembelajaran wajib di sekolah-sekolah aliran perdana di Selayang, dengan alasan mereka (OKU tersebut) "tidak boleh belajar". Alasan sebenar Guru Besar sekolah-sekolah tersebut ialah mereka takut graf pencapaian sekolah akan menurun.

Bermula dengan 15 orang kanak-kanak kurang upaya kelas diadakan sekali seminggu pada setiap hari Sabtu dari jam 8:30 pagi hingga 1:00 tengahari, dengan dilatih oleh seorang Petugas PDK (panggilan Cikgu PDK pada masa tersebut) iaitu Puan Noraini Othman.

Hari ini PDK Selayang telah berkembang pesat dengan jumlah pelatih OKU PDK seramai 102 orang melalui beberapa program iaitu Kelas Harian EIP, Kelas Harian LPV, Kelas Harian Pemulihan Perubatan (Pemulihan Anggota, Pemulihan Pertuturan dan Pemulihan Carakerja), Lawatan ke Rumah dan Program Rumah Kelompok (lelaki).

Kumpulan Sasar Utama: OKU (Orang Kurang Upaya)

Kumpulan Sasar Tambahan: Anak-Anak Yatim, Kanak-Kanak Kurang Bernasib Baik, Ibu Tunggal/Ibu Tinggal, Warga Emas dan Keluarga Miskin (dari lingkungan kumpulan sasar utama)

Kelas Harian EIP: 5 hari/minggu; Isnin-Jumaat; 8:30am-12:30pm.

Kelas Harian LPV (Latihan Pemulihan Vokasional): 5 hari/minggu; Isnin-Jumaat; 9:00am- 5:00pm.

Kelas harian Pemulihan Perubatan pula dijalankan seperti berikut:

Pemulihan Anggota: 5 hari/minggu; 8:30-11:30am; untuk OKU dari keluarga miskin dan berpendapatan rendah. Sabtu & Ahad pula dikhaskan kepada OKU yang keluarganya mampu bayar penuh kos pakar (OKU dari keluarga kaya).

Pemulihan Pertuturan: 3 hari/minggu 8:30am- 12:00pm; untuk OKU dari keluarga berpendapan rendah dan miskin dan hari 2 hari dalam seminggu dikhaskan untuk OKU dari keluarga kaya yang mampu membayar kos pakar.

Pemulihan Carakerja: 4 hari/minggu; Isnin-Jumaat kecuali Khamis; 8:30-11:30am; untuk pelatih kanak-kanak; 2:30-4:00pm untuk pelatih remaja PDK.

Program Lawatan ke Rumah: 2 kali/minggu; Selasa (2:00-4:00 petang) dan Sabtu (9:30am-12:30pm).

Program Rumah Kelompok (Lelaki): menempatkan seramai 4 OKU yang telah bekerja.

PDK Selayang yang ditadbir-urus oleh satu Jawatankuasa yang dilantik oleh ibubapa/penjaga OKU.

PDK Selayang dipengerusikan oleh Y. Bhg. Dato' Prof. Ir. Dr Haji Azhari Md Salleh, dengan kekuatan Jawatankuasa seramai 13 orang.

Seramai 15 kakitangan berkhidmat di PDK Selayang yang diketuai oleh Penyelia PDK iaitu Puan Noraini Othman, 8 orang Petugas PDK, 3 orang Pakar Pemulihan Perubatan, 1 orang Pemandu dan 3 orang Pembantu. 3 orang kakitangan PDK Selayang adalah dari kalangan OKU.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Natures Fenomenon : Petai Tree Weep : Curious case of the ‘holy’ droplets


Mystery liquid: Basins being placed on top of a chicken coop under the
petal tree to catch the droplets from the insects in Pinang Tunggal yesterday.
THOUSANDS of people from as far as Johor and Malacca have been flocking to see two trees in Pinang Tunggal in Kepala Batas, Penang, and Sungai Petani, Kedah, which are said to be spraying ‘holy water’ for the past one week.

Witnesses said they felt showers and occasional droplets from the trees — a 12m petai tree in Kampung Lembah Raja in Pinang Tunggal and an 18m wild tree in Taman Ria Jaya in Sungai Petani.

Curious spectators: A group of people craning their
necks to see the cicadas in Sungai Petani.
 Researchers have different opinions on the reasons for the showers.

Former Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia lecturer Prof Dr Zaidi Mat Isa said the showers from the trees could be water discharge or urine from cicadas during mating season.

“But, it is difficult to imagine how these little insects can retain so much water,” said Dr Zaidi, who has been conducting research on cicadas for over 10 years.

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Vector Control Research Unit coordinator Assoc Prof Dr Zairi Jaal, however, said insects generally do not discharge waste material in fluid form.

“The water could have come from the trees.

“Nevertheless, there are cicadas that can hibernate and suddenly emerge in large numbers, mate and die,” he said.

Odd-job worker Abdul Ghani Md Hussin, 41, who owns the 35-year-old petai tree, said he first felt the showers last Saturday at about 4pm when he was walking past the tree which is next to his poultry shed.

“My wife Norhayati Abdul Karim also felt the showers. But there was no rain at that time.

“The clear water sprinkles are heavier at night and we collected about a pail of water over the past week,” he said.

Norhayati, 38, a housewife, said she did not stop anyone from collecting the water, noting that some believed it was a blessing to wipe their bodies and face with the “holy water”.

She said some individuals were selling the water for RM5 per cup.

Norhayati said some people went to look at the tree even at 3am and 4am.
Small sample: Saad Saban, 67, (wearing kopiah) showing the
insects' liquids in a small plastic bag to a visitor at
Kampung Lembah Raja in Pinang Tunggal.
Their neighbour Saad Saaban, 67, said there were occasional sounds of riang riang (cicada) coming from the tree.

“But, if is cicada’s urine, how come only this particular tree is spraying water when the cicadas are also found on other trees as well?” he asked.

The State Islamic Religious Department had put up a notice warning Muslims from worshipping the tree, noting that offenders could face a maximum fine of RM3,000 or maximum two years jail, or both.

In Sungai Petani, some individuals had even built an altar under the wild tree. They have lighted joss sticks and placed offerings including coffee, milk, tablets and thosai with dhall curry.

The 25-year-old tree, located at an open field behind the Pasar Singgah Selalu SP market, had pieces of “holy” cloth tied to its branches and bore some dried red marks which resembled bloodstains.

Muhamad Sharul Rizan Halmi, 29, from the nearby Paya Nahu flats, said there were no cicadas in the area.

He said the tree surroundings was very quiet even at night.

Onlooker Saw Kok Lye, 58, said some people opined that the phenomenon would usher in good fortune.

“Some punters believed it is a sign that ‘Datuk Kong’ would bless visitors with winning numbers,” he said.

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