Mayor praises Sarawak Society for the Deaf for its role in bridging gap between the Deaf and others

Wee (centre) arriving at the event hall accompanied by Wong (left).

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Feb 18: Sarawak Society for the Deaf is the bridge between the Deaf and the local community, says Kuching South City Council (MBKS) Mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng.

He said the society, since its establishment in the 1980s, has done amazing work to help foster better understanding between the two groups and also support the hearing-impaired community through education and welfare.

“Their role is familiar to me as the Mayor of MBKS, who is engaging with all the stakeholders of the city with their different backgrounds, lifestyles and beliefs, to ensure that we all live in a happy and harmonious city.

“It is not an easy task but it is a worthy one,” he said during the Sarawak Society for the Deaf Chinese New Year celebration and appreciation night dinner at a local hotel this evening.

In conjunction with the festive season, Wee applauded the unity portrayed by Sarawakians who regardless of races are willing to celebrate each other’s festive occasions as it is part of the State’s culture.

“Chinese New Year is the celebration for the Chinese community around the world, but here in Sarawak, it is not just for the Chinese.

“Our celebration brings all the communities together. This is our Sarawak culture. Every community celebrates the festive occasions of each culture because we are united as one,” he said.

Wee attended the event in replacement of Deputy Chief Minister Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian, who is also the Minister of Public Health, Local Government and Housing.

Sarawak Society for the Deaf currently chaired by Albert Wong has a membership of over 300 members, comprising school children, young adults and working adults. — DayakDaily