Is Penang Truly Inclusive for Persons with Disabilities?

loading Each Rapid Mobiliti van has the maximum capacity of four wheelchairs and is outfitted with a hydraulic lift system. Photo: Rapid Bus.

Ernest, Jia Hui and their eight-month-old daughter. Photo: Ooi Tze Xiong. LIVEABILITY IS VERY much a layered concept. Since the 1960s, discourse on city planning and policies – and the increasing moral imperative of leaving no one behind – has dominated and expanded its study to include all levels of society.1 Penang Island is ranked one of the most liveable cities in Malaysia alongside KL,2 with significant efforts channelled, among others, towards improving infrastructure, affordable housing and public spaces. But is Penang truly liveable for its residents with disabilities? Unequal Treatment “Whenever my wife and I seek treatment at the hospital, we have ...

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