THE atmosphere at YMCA Hall, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur was festive as a total of 137 visually impaired guests from the Malaysian Foundation for the Blind (MFB) met for a Hari Raya celebration.
Hosted by MCIS Insurance Bhd, the event saw guests being treated to a hearty meal. The event was topped off with lucky draw prizes. The guest took the opportunity to enjoy themselves, laughing and catching up with one another as they dined.
Telephone operator Ho Siew Wah said he was glad to be treated to a festive dinner.
“I am very happy to be given the privilege to celebrate Hari Raya with my friends and MCIS,” said the 49-year-old who is fluent in Bahasa Malaysia, English and Chinese.
Zarishasna Mohd Ishak, 32, said she was happy to celebrate Hari Raya with her friends.
“I seldom have the opportunity to meet them as I am a housewife, so this dinner celebration is a good way for me to catch up with them. My family is also here with me and they enjoyed themselves too,” said the mother of two.
MFB chief executive officer Silatul Rahim Dahman, in his speech said the foundation is pleased to have MCIS Insurance sponsor and host the festive gathering.
“This is one of the best examples of an inclusive society, bringing together business and citizens of Malaysia,” he said.
On a separate note, he encouraged the visually impaired to make the best of what they have.
“We must always look at our abilities and not disabilities. I urge you to continue developing and empowering yourselves,” Silatul Rahim added.
The event with MFB is MCIS Insurance’s way of driving home the need for social inclusion beyond festive periods, said MCIS Insurance Bhd chief executive officer Kobus Vlok in his speech.
“One of the biggest hallmarks of festive celebrations is that we open up our hearts and homes to people from all walks of life, being inclusive and accepting the differences.
“The visually impaired and others who suffer from various forms of disability have so much to offer towards nation building.
“If only we can accept and grant them opportunities, I am confident Malaysia will be among the model nations for socially inclusive developments,” he said.