fbpx
Connect with us

Social Stories

“Don’t look down on me” – Malaysian Reveals the Struggles of Being Deaf

Published

My Post 2021 05 25T122302.335 1
Source: Provided to WOB

Follow us on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest stories and updates daily.

Making an honest living in Malaysia is hard enough, but discrimination makes things harder.

 

We fail to realise the struggles Deaf people go through

For Deaf Malaysians and people with speech disabilities, they’re constantly deemed incapable and difficult to incorporate into teams by employers who refuse to compromise. Hence, not only do these Malaysians suffer, but their family members and loved ones who rely on them will suffer too.

After learning the plight of Deaf individuals, a kind-hearted Agnes Peter set up a social enterprise just so Deaf Malaysians are able to hone their skills and create a livelihood for themselves. This social enterprise is known as RC Deaf Missions Malaysia (RCDM).

Faizal In Action Making Latte 1

We at WORLD OF BUZZ recently spoke to Faizal, who works as a barista in RCDM Cafe in Kelana Jaya to share his experience as a Deaf job seeker in Malaysia.

 

The hardest thing he had to endure as a Deaf Malaysian:

Finding a job, and the discrimination from some people.

Whatsapp Image 2021 06 07 At 12.08.47 Pm

“Before I was a barista and cashier here at the RCDM Cafe, I sold nasi lemak for two years. Another Deaf friend and I worked at the nasi lemak stall, and thankfully, customers did not discriminate us after we mentioned we are Deaf.

“In fact, it was a positive experience, interacting with them. They were happy to buy from us,” he shares with us.

However, there are still some people who look down on people with disabilities

And this is something that some people do without knowing as well.

“I wish that they do not look down on me just because I use sign language (BIM) to ‘speak’ and not actual speech”.

“I also wish that they understand that I was born Deaf. So, accept me for who I am.”

 

Many companies do not want take the ‘risk’ of hiring someone who is Deaf

Faizal In Action 2

Faizal reveals that it is hard finding a job because many people find it hard to accept his Deafness.

“One boss refused to accept me because he insisted there would be a communication breakdown because I’m Deaf, and he did not want to take the risk of hiring me,” he added.

When asked what has been the hardest aspect when it comes to communicating with non-disabled people?

It’s when he needs to carry a piece of paper and pen to write.

 

Thankfully, RC Deaf Missions empowered him and other Deaf people by providing them a job to make an honest living

Faizal In Action 3

“I got to know about RCDM through a friend. The company sent me for barista training because I had no prior experience. Here, I learned how to make coffee and latte art.”

 

Here’s how you can help:

Due to the pandemic, the cafe is struggling more than ever. RCDM needs at least RM20,000 a month for their Deaf staffs’ salary, cafe rent, utilities and ingredients. Unfortunately, there’s been many months where they don’t hit that amount and Agnes would use her own savings from her full-time job to support them.

  1. Support by purchasing food/baked goods/crafts here
  2. Buy their merchandise here if you’re out of Klang Valley area

Rc 4

Rc 7

109622510 3221897544590692 1063225262955804488 N

The team at RCDM does not want donations as they want to work from their hard-earned penny. Hence, they would appreciate your support by buying their items, and also sharing the word about their cafe!

Echoing Faizal’s statement, people with disabilities are often times born with it, it’s not something they choose – but that means that they have to work harder than most in order to get noticed by employers. So support them any way you can!

RC Deaf Missions Malaysia aims to enhance Deaf livelihoods by providing training and job opportunities for the Deaf community. You can check them out here.

What do you think about this? Let us know in the comment section. 

 

Also read: PJ Cafe Run by Deaf Employees Needs Your Support to Survive

Support Copy


Follow us on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest stories and updates daily.



Just In

My Post 2022 01 27T161753.563 My Post 2022 01 27T161753.563
News16 mins ago

M’sians Who Had To Reschedule Their Umrah Trips Will Be Given Compensation From The Govt

Those still waiting to carry out their Umrah pilgrimage will soon be able to resume their travels. Minister in the...

Ft Image Durian Cause Water Shortage Ft Image Durian Cause Water Shortage
News1 day ago

Kedah MB Blames Water Shortage in Sik on Locals For Watering Their Durian Trees at Night

Who would have known it was all the durian’s fault.  Climate change has been a never-ending issue and it seems...

Thailand Allows Limited Recreational Use Thailand Allows Limited Recreational Use
News1 day ago

Thailand is The 1st Asian Country To Legalise Marijuana For Medical & Limited Recreational Use

This is such a monumental move! On 25 January, ABC News reported that Thailand is the 1st country in Asia...

My Post 2022 01 26T121827.657 My Post 2022 01 26T121827.657
News1 day ago

Another Turtle Found Dead On Terengganu Beach, Making It The 12th This Month Alone

Yet another turtle was found dead in Terengganu last night, making it the 12th poor turtle to perish this month...

Ft Jkm Ft Jkm
News1 day ago

“The minister has no heart for us” – Rina Harun Slammed by OKU Groups Over Issues With JKMPay

A disability rights group has recently labelled Women, Family & Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Harun as “heartless” following...

Collage 6 4 Collage 6 4
News1 day ago

“He’s an expert” – Politician Defends Logging Remarks Made By Kelantan Forestry Department

Just recently, Kelantan Forestry Department claimed that logging is actually good for tiger population, following reports of sightings of a...

Ft Image Bullied For Girl Crush 1 1 Ft Image Bullied For Girl Crush 1 1
News2 days ago

Student From Technical Institute in Melaka Punched For Having Crush on The Same Girl as His Bully

There are some moments in school which we will forever be fond of. But sometimes school can also be the...

Collage 3 4 Collage 3 4
News2 days ago

PM Says Financial Aid For Flood Victims Is Delayed Due To Doubts In Verification Process

The government has allocated financial aid following the devastating disaster that hit parts of the country last month. However, some...

Announcement

Latest Videos



TRENDING TODAY