The OKU Rights Matter Project
We are disability activists united by our passion for advancing disability rights, to achieve acceptance and inclusion of persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others in society.
We aspire to contribute to better understanding for removing barriers that disable — at all levels, in diverse manifestations and in all spheres of life — towards full realization of a Malaysian society that is caring, compassionate and inclusive.
What we do
We share resources that could be useful towards progress in upholding and protecting the rights of persons with diverse disabilities – women and girls, men and boys, young women and young men, older women and older men in urban, rural and remote settings.
Our invitation to you
We welcome engagement by all persons — with and without visible disabilities — in exploring ways of removing barriers that are faced by persons with diverse disabilities in Malaysia, whether emotional, pyschological, conceptual, attitudinal, behavioural, systemic, institutional, legal, physical or digital.
Meet the team
Yuenwah is Honorary Senior Advisor, (Disability Inclusion), Social Development Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). She also serves as Honorary Advisor, NCBM. Yuenwah’s involvement in the Asian and Pacific disability movement is rooted in the genesis of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons, 1993-2002, the world’s first such regional initiative and in substantive work for the third and fourth regional Decade (2023-2032). She was an active member of the ESCAP team that supported the intergovernmental process in the drafting and adoption of the Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific, with the world’s first set of regionally-agreed disability-inclusive development goals. Yuenwah’s recent contribution to ESCAP knowledge products include publications on the harmonization of national legislation with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and an ESCAP guide to legal recognition of sign languages. Yuenwah is a recipient of the 2023 Rehabilitation International Centennial Award for Significant Contributions.
Amar is a Consultant Paediatrician who served the Malaysian health service for 35 years, including in heading a regional Paediatric and Research Department. He helped strengthen child health services and introduce national programmes for children. Amar has established civil society organizations and family support groups. Amar’s work involves the provision of health care to disadvantaged and marginalized children, indigenous communities, support for family self-help groups, with a focus on education and other disability-related issues. A highly experienced researcher, counsellor, trainer and active child rights advocate, Amar is recipient of the Outstanding Asian Paediatrician Award 2012, SENIA Advocacy Award 2016 and the 2023 Rehabilitation International Centennial Award for Significant Contributions. Amar is also the advisor to the National Early Childhood Intervention Council (NECIC) and National Family Support Group for Children and People with Special Needs.
Lai-Thin is Project Lead, National Early Childhood Intervention Council (NECIC). She holds a Master’s degree in Special and Inclusive Education (Erasmus Mundus) and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology (HELP). Lai-Thin’s passion for advocacy, education and inclusion of persons with disabilities comes from supporting a neurodivergent sibling and caring for a parent with dementia. Through the NECIC, she has developed an inclusive education course for pre-school teachers and delivered training using the course materials.
Anit is a legal practitioner, litigator and mediator. She graduated from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. Her career path was enriched when researching the law on disability while advocating for her own child with a learning disability. Anit is passionate about law reform. She is the Co-Chair of the Harapan OKU Law Reform Group, Vice President (Legal), Medico Legal Society of Malaysia (MLSM); and Member, Association of Women Lawyers (AWL).