Visually impaired, but a good emcee

KUALA LUMPUR: Siti Huraizah Roslan may be visually impaired, but for her melodious voice, she is is being sought by organisers to to be the master of ceremony (emcee) at their events.

She was diagnosed as having trachoma, an infection that causes roughening of the inner surface of the eyelids, at the age of seven, and despite thousands of ringgit spent by her parents, the disease could not be treated.

"Being visually impaired does not stop stop me from leading a normal and becoming a graduate in screenwriting,' said the former student of Universiti Teknologi Mara in Shah Alam.

Siti Huraizah, 34, who is from Kelantan and the eldest of four siblings was met after completing her task as an emcee at an event to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB) at the MAB Complex here.

"I like doing the job (as emcee), and in my case, I always prepare my text in Braille," said the MAB executive (Accessibility and Advocacy Division), whose official task included auditing and assessing buildings, as well as projects, like the Mass Rail Transit (MRT) and the Terminal Bersepadu Selatan" for accessibility by the visually impaired.

Currently, she is providing training for Air Asia cabin crew.

"They comprise various nationalities, including from India, the Philippines, Thailand and Singapore and my job scope focuses on teaching them how to handle passengers who are visually impaired," she added.

Her advice to those with disabilities is to never give up.

"We have to work hard to improve our livelihood without depending solely on community assistance," she said. — Bernama