Para-athletes Need Support, Not Sympathy

loading The Persatuan Sukan OKU Negeri Pulau Pinang contingent during the National Day Parade rehearsal in 2019. Photo: PESRON Facebook.

“Sad ? Go and buy her tissue lah. She doesn't need your sympathy.” My friend Rizal quips when I told him I felt sad upon learning that the former national swimmer Koh Lee Peng is currently selling tissue packets at Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam. “I think the social narrative about the para-athlete and differently-abled communities in general needs to change. She isn't asking for sympathy. She is asking for support so that she can be independent. If she decides to earn money by selling tissue packets, then we should cheer her on by understanding the reality in which she is currently ...


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