Para-athletes Need Support, Not Sympathy

By Emilia Ismail

April 2020 FEATURE
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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...

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Emilia Ismail

is a freelance writer who has a love-hate relationship with the weighing scale.