Slighted on World Sight Day

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  • Sunday, 19 Oct 2003

WORLD Sight And White Cane Day was held on Oct 11. 

Hundreds of visually impaired as well as normal people gathered at the KLCC for the “Light the night for sight” walk. 

This event was supposed to start at 7.30pm. The blind were brought to this venue, obviously a very strange place for them, as they needed a guiding hand to lead them to allocated spots. 

All of us, including myself who suffers from osteoarthritis and who left my totally handicapped mother at home, waited very patiently for this very meaningful event to begin. 

At 8.30pm there was no sign of anything happening. We were told the VIP guests had not arrived! 

People were beginning to feel very angry and upset. 

After some time I was forced to go home, as both my legs were sore from standing. Furthermore my mother was waiting for me. 

Where are our priorities? Was it fair to keep the blind waiting for so long? After all, it was supposed to be their day. 

All I can say is, that day the sighted became very blind to the needs of the less fortunate. 

Girija Menon, Petaling Jaya.  

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