Call to make fast boats disabled-friendly


(From left) Marcus and his personal assistant Alex Ngo presenting their contribution to St Nicholas Home. With them are (from right) Chiang, Siew Khim and Lee.

PENANG Accessibility Action Group is willing to engage with Penang Port Commission (PPC) to address accessibility issues concerning the new fast boat ferry service for pedestrians.

Its chairman Chris Lee Chun Kit said the group wanted to make the new ferry service accessible to all, including the disabled.

“We want everyone to be able to use the fast boats, ” he said after a contribution presentation by events management company MG Group to St Nicholas Home for the Blind in Penang.

Lee, who is Pulau Tikus assemblyman, said the group had prepared a checklist of accessibility issues concerning the new ferry service.

On another matter, MG Group director Marcus Lim said the company had approached Sungai Pinang assemblyman Lim Siew Khim to seek her help on charity homes that needed financial aid.

“Our company was established five years ago and we have been donating to orphanages and old folk’s homes, ” he said after presenting RM2,000 to St Nicholas Home.

The home’s general manager David Chiang said its new website enabled the public to donate online.

“We were badly affected when the pandemic broke out as we used to rely on walk-in donors but now that we have this website, people can donate from any part of the world.

“So far, the response has been encouraging, ” he said, adding that the home’s operating costs came up to about RM160,000 per month.

Chiang also said that the home planned to keep afloat this year by reducing expenses while finding ways to keep donations coming in.

Siew Khim said it was heartening to note that young entrepreneurs were willing to give back to society.

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