KOTA KINABALU: Louis Pang’s bid to raise awareness and the funds to build homes for the blind and visually impaired by cycling for 13 days is praiseworthy.
Datuk Teo Chee Kang the State Assemblyman for Tanjung Kapur said the Government was aware of the needs of the less fortunate and had carried programmes to assist them.
Although the Government was always ready to help those in need including the blind and visually impaired, the society’s teamwork and bid to be self-sufficient is always a boon for the needy, he said.
He lauded the society for their tireless and selfless efforts in ensuring that the needy acquire good facilities and fitting services for a brighter future.
On Louis Pang’s ride through more than 1700 kilometres, he said it was not only admirable but praiseworthy as it shows determination and fortitude by Pang who once suffered severe back pain due to slip discs.
“Through his perseverance, he managed to overcome his ailment and now he has cycled all those kilometres and all in the name of raising awareness among the general public to raise funds for the blind,” he said adding nothing can be nobler than this gesture .
He had set an example and benchmark for youth the State, in his bid to stay fit and healthy, he said.
Teo who is also the Special Task Minister congratulated Pang for being listed in the Malaysia Book of Records saying he deserved the recognition.
Meanwhile, Datuk Rosalind Chew President of the Sabah Society for the Blind expressed her thanks to the Minister for his support as well as generous members of the public in their bid to build the 72 homes for the Blind.
She also thanked the organizing committee for their commitment and tireless work to ensure that the cycling venture become a reality.
“I extend my thanks to all those who have assisted and accommodated Louis Pang throughout his journey through Sarawak and Brunei as well as Sabah,” she said.
Recently, Datuk Johnny Mositun the State Assembly Deputy Speaker said Louis Pang deserved to be recognised by the State Government and definitely listed in the Malaysia Book of Records.
He also said that Pang’s tenacity is an admirable example for Youth as cycling provides many benefits such as increasing strength and endurance.
Also present during yesterday’s event were Phang Joo See, the fund raising chairperson for the Sabah Society for the Blind.-ce/BNN