FEATURE: Deaf community in Tanjung Piai wants to be heard too

PONTIAN, Malaysia (The Star/ANN) - Muhd Nasrullah Kadiron caught the attention of a large crowd of people when he shared the same stage with Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin during a Barisan Nasional ceramah.

The 28-year-old Batu Pahat-born lad was “talking” through sign language to about 30 deaf people who were part of the large crowd on Sunday night.

Muhd Nasrullah has been working with Society of the Deaf Johor (SDJO) for about five years as a sign language interpreter.

“The deaf wanted to know what was happening around them.
“They want to be kept informed, ” he said.

Muhd Nasrullah said it was actually easy and fun to learn sign language. It only took him two days to pick up the basics.

“People who are interested in learning sign language should visit SDJO in Johor Baru where we can teach them and help the deaf community here, ” he said.

Meanwhile, SDJO president Mohd Yasid Bain, who is deaf, said that the group thanked former Johor Baru MP Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad who was their patron of about eight years for giving them a platform to “speak out”.

“We are hoping that the authorities will be able to listen to the deaf community as we are hoping to see sign language interpreters at government departments and agencies.“Having them will make it easier for the deaf community as it is frustrating to communicate whenever we visit government departments, ” he said through Muhd Nasrullah, adding that there were 1,200 SDJO members throughout the state.Shahrir, who is Johor Baru Umno division chief, said SDJO came to the ceramah as they wanted to show their support for Barisan Nasional.

“It is important to have an inclusive development policy so that everyone is involved and their voices including the deaf community can be heard, ” he said.

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