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.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Mum and daughters jailed for abusing boy in Singapore

FOR two years, a young boy was beaten and burned with heated objects by his grandaunt and her daughters, for allegedly stealing food. The abuse left the now 10-year-old permanently disfigured from multiple injuries.

On Wednesday, District Judge Liew Thiam Leng, presiding over what must count as one of the most horrific cases of child abuse here, jailed the 45-year-old woman for five years.

Two of her daughters, aged 20 and 24, were given jail terms of one-and-a-half years each.

The trio pleaded guilty.

The woman’s youngest daughter, who is 14, pleaded guilty to hurting the boy on Dec 2 in the Juvenile Court.

Her fate is pending while a report assessing her suitability for probation is being prepared.

The woman’s husband, a 45-year-old dispatch rider, has not yet been dealt with.

He is out on bail for allegedly splashing hot water on the boy.

His pre-trial conference is scheduled for Jan 20.

The family cannot be named to protect the identity of the boy, who is said to be coping well in a welfare home and is attending school.

The court heard yesterday that he is the son of the woman's niece, whose whereabouts are unknown.

The identity of the boy's father is also unknown.

The boy's birth was unrecorded, so he has no birth certificate and was not enrolled in school when the time came.

His mother was jailed when he was four, which is when he was sent to live with her aunt.

The abuse began in 2009, and continued when the family moved from Hougang to Rivervale in August last year, and then to a rental flat in Ang Mo Kio three months after that.

The woman, a cleaner, and her children often accused the boy of stealing food and playing with the gas stove, and with these accusations came the abuse that resulted in horrific injuries, said Assistant Public Prosecutor Ashraf Hassan.

The court heard earlier that on one occasion in January or February, the daughters complained to their mother that the boy had finished all the food they had.

The woman, furious, asked her children to hold the boy's hands and legs while she ladled heated cooking oil over his face, naked chest and back.

The daughters also admitted to, among other things, abetting their mother in scorching the boy with a hot ladle and in cutting his fingers with scissors.

The boy fled from the home on June 18 and was found wandering outside the Ang Mo Kio-Thye Hua Kwan Hospital two days later by a medical social worker.

The police were called in.

Defense lawyer M.S. Rajendran told the court that the woman, who divorced her husband in January, was emotionally distraught over his extra-marital affair and her financial woes.

He added that the boy's seemingly insatiable hunger added to her problems.

Rajendran said her daughters were torn between obeying their mother and taking pity on the boy, and that they now realized that they had done wrong.

The maximum penalty for causing hurt with a heated substance is a jail term of up to seven years.

Offenders may also be fined or caned.

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