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.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Helen Chuah - Malaysia Born, Mayor of Colchester

Helen Chuah-Gaik Choon
Colchester: Malaysia born Helen Chuah, 61, creates history today as she is made the Mayor of Colchester in Essex, Britain's oldest recorded town, steeped in history and rich in heritage.

Underneath the traditional mayorial robe, Chuah dons her kebaya nyonya specially made for the occasion. This in itself sums up Helen Chuah, the new mayor of Colchester and Helen Chuah, still the Penang girl at heart. She is the first Mayor to be born outside the country.

"Never in my 41 years here since I stepped foot in Colchester as a student nurse, had I expected to stand here today wearing the robe as mayor of Colchester," she said.

The former student of St Georges Girls' School left the island to do nursing in Colchester in 1971 and in spite of several trips back home, she kept returning to the Roman city to serve the community for 37 years before her retirement and her involvement in local politics.

"Colchester is like a second home to me and after being here for so long it is time I pay back to the community which has accepted me as one of them," said Chuah during a meeting at Colchester's Town Hall where she will be serve as the 1636th Mayor.

The Mayor, explained Chuah who had served as Mayoress when her partner Michael Hogg was Mayor in 2001, is the first citizen of Colchester Borough Council and acts as Chair of the Council.

"I used to take messages and notes and casework for Michael and when our daughter, Rachel Ella Chloe Choo Chean, was old enough, I stood as candidate and won by 125 votes," said Chuah.

In Chuah's acceptance speech, she underlines her wish to support several charities - two of which are in Malaysia. One is a hospice in Penang, where her late mother was looked after before her death and the other, a children's home in Petaling Jaya.

"It is a pity that my father who served in the Merchant Navy and also in the police force, is no longer with us. He was the one who encouraged me to read and pursue my education. He loved history and ceremonies. He would have loved the Mayor Making ceremony. He would have been so proud," she added.

As the Mayor, Chuah or Gaik Choon, as she is known to family and friends, will try to bring people and businesses to Colchester as well as introduce the Malaysian link that she is so proud of.

"As a member of the Rotarian Club, we take our friends to Malaysia every year, and many of our friends love Malaysian food. We are going to work closely with Tourism Malaysia and the Malaysia Kitchen programme," she enthused.

"Her acar is already a great hit among our friends," said Hogg who admitted that the mayor making day was probably the most emotional day for him seeing the woman he shared his life with for the past 33 years, being given the recognition she deserves.

Read more: Helen Chuah - Mayor of Colchester http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles/HelenChuah-MayorofColchester/Article#ixzz1MkHFphYr

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