Singaporeans do not lack kindness or empathy, but awareness may fall short when it comes to forming an inclusive society where people with disabilities are counted, Nominated Member of Parliament Chia Yong Yong said on Monday (April 4).
Pointing out that able-bodied Singaporeans often find it hard to relate to the difficulties of those with disabilities, Ms Chia, who is herself a wheelchair-user, said: “We hope for you to be patient when we are slow entering the elevator; we don’t like to hold up others. We hope for you to be accommodating when we make strange, loud noises; we can’t control our muscles. We hope for you to give up your seat in the train; we feel bad for you, but our ankles are weak and we cannot stand for long.”