Photos of the party by Lee Hong Leng

Yaakob Saad and his family come to our party, though he and his wife are blind, their four children are born normal and healthy like the rest of us. Their children are now their parents’ eyes.

Godfrey and Yaakob, two blind old musical friends meeting at the party after many years

Carol telling us a little about herself and how much she likes to live an independent life.

Thanks to H L Lee for sharing his photos of last Saturday’s party at KLPac. There were many new friends to the gathering this year and among them a few old friends were meeting again after many years.

With a little help from my friends

Peter Tan was happy with the portrait I did of him at the Sentral Train Terminal in Kuala Lumpur. On that day that I took his picture he and some of his friends were there testing out the various facilities to measure their disable friendliness for persons like him.

Part of the group of people at the Saturday party, doing their own thing, having lunch or talking with some friends etc.

On the right, Wairah was showing some of the artworks done by her daughter Nurul. Next, Jenny Tan was also  showing works of her son Seng Kit to all those at the party.

My friends, from the left, Charlie, Chong and Carmen, who drought the mandarin oranges, all came to give us some help with the party.

To arrange a social gathering like this  I needed a lot of help from my friends and many of them came to help and to join in the fun and the friendship.

Saturday Party 7 Feb 2009

Nala, far left, conducting a game for some of the people who came to the party at KLpac.

The MAB Blind harmonica group playing some music for the gathering

From right, Peter Tan, Christine Lee, Wuan & friend having lunch

This party, last Saturday, in conjunction with my photographic exhibition at the KLPac, was part of the celebration of understanding over ignorance of the others in our midst. We invited about 100 persons from a few different disabled groups, young and old, in the Kuala Lumpur area, to this social gathering. There was music, food, games, walks, a tour of the KLPac complex and lots of conversations and exchanges among the various groups.

Some of them are meeting new friends for the first time and many others are meeting for the second time since last year when I had an exhibition of my second collection and also had a party like this. In many way it was enlightening experience for everyone to meet so many different sorts and shapes of friends in one room.

And there were many friends who helped us make this gathering a success.

From left, Numpueng (my wife) and our dear friend May and her family who helped out with the food and drinks and all the other goodies, especially the delicious cup cakes, for that day.

From left, Numpueng, Jesmine, Victor, Azlan A Azlzee and his two children help out with the setting up and getting the party started.

Sharing another person’s feelings

A view of the exhibition with some visitors

Justin Hughes visiting

Lee Hong Leng taking a closer look

This exhibition has been on for a few weeks and it had many visitors. Justin Hughes, an old friend from the 80s, was one of the first visitors.  He was in Kuala Lumpur for a short visit after attending an International Law conference in Singapore. Justin is currently a Law Professor in New York.

Lee, a fellow photographer and partner of a photographic lab that printed all my prints, was also at the show to share his experiences about photography. It has been his continuing support and encouragement, over the years, that has made it possible to continue this social documentary project.

Ox, a castrated bull


For the Chinese people the year of the ox or bull has just started. We’ll be bullshitting ourselves for the next 12 months about our unending desire for the ” five hapiness” – long life, wealth, tranquillity, love of virtue and death. But our natures are elusive and unstable, so let’s not be too bullshitted . Have a Happy & Prosperous Chinese New Year, no bullshitting.