Monday, 25 June 2007

Way to Go, Muhammad Haziq!



Picture from The Star


All I can say is: Way to go Haziq!!!


The boy in the picture above is 12-year-old Muhammad Haziq. Haziq was born a paraplegic. You can read The Star's story on Haziq here...

Now this is what I call determination, strong-will, and perseverance...


We see so many people begging on the streets even though they are not handicap...These beggers will resort to limping, setting their limbs into cement, and even pretending to be amputees...

All because they want to gain the sympathy of the public to earn money...Their skills could well be used in other places...After all, they are able-bodied!


And here we have a 12 year-old boy who has no qualms about his disability, and has even insisted to be placed in a 'normal' school....Haziq even plays football!

Imagine that! Football, where his face is almost at the same level as people's legs!


I first saw Haziq on TV3 a while back (can't remember which programme), and I was literally blown away...

I've worked with countless physically and/or mentally 'dis'abled (I use this term with the utmost respect and awe) children, but I've never seen one such as Haziq...

I think Haziq's parents deserve the credit for bringing up such a wonderful and spunky child...And indeed, Haziq's friends too deserve mention for standing by him, and helping him in ways they can...


You know how they always say that children naturally don't know how to discriminate; they only exhibit such behavious if exposed to it?

It's true, isn't it?


This story really gives me a good feeling for our 50th Merdeka Celebration...


And indeed, Haziq is someone we can all learn from...His spirit and resilience is very awe-inspiring, and I think we can learn a thing or two from this special little boy about not giving up...

At least, I know I can...


24 comments:

Pi Bani said...

Hear! Hear! Way to go Haziq! Not only can we learn from him, we can also learn from the people around him...

J.T. said...

Daphne dear,

You wrote: "You know how they always say that children naturally don't know how to discriminate; they only exhibit such behaviour if exposed to it?"

So true. We are responsible for the behaviour of our children - it does not matter if they are our own or not. We surround the innocent and we affect them.

Yes...we can all learn something from Haziq and the people who made him who he is.

Jo-D said...

I was wondering where you had disappeared too and here you come and post something. Kudos for another posting another thought inspiring post!
I also agree with JT when she said "we are responsible for the behaviour of our children-it does not matter if they are our own or not"...

zorro said...

Daphne, I wanted to do a post on him yesterday, but for the life of me I couldnt get his pictures even from Star Online. How did you do it.

Hazip, a towering Malaysian. I will stand beside him rather than sit with our current leaders - mostly MIDGETS.
This gutsy guy will do without crutches (NEP)He will sail thru on his own ability and creativity.Dont be surprised that a few politicians will make capital out of him. His parents, his teachers, his friends should protect him from these.

MarinaM said...

Haziq can teach us so much, about self-acceptance, about discipline, about guts and determination.And he remains cheery throughout! A fantastic Malaysian, able-bodied or otherwise.

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Pi,
Yes, we can all learn from Haziq...I'm still learning ;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hey JT,

They say children are like sponges...Oh dear, yes they are...Funny thing is, they always absorb the wrong thing...Like in Meet The Fockers!

Like my teacher told us the other day how she accidentally said B**** in front of her 2 year-old niece, and the little girl went around calling everyone and everything B**** for the next two weeks!

*Horrors*

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Jo-D,

Yes, I have been missing for a while...You know why? Because the wireless in my area has been misbehaving...It won't let me sign in! Thanks for coming by...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Uncle Zorro,

I got Haziq's picture from The Star website, under archives ;) Does that help?

And Yes! I'll stand besides him and you anytime...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Aunty MarinaM,
Long time no see ;)
Yes, a fantastic Malaysian indeed...In fact, a fantastic human being!
These are times when I just go 'Wow!' and feel so in awe of the person that they are...So inspiring...

J.T. said...

Hey Daphne

Meet the Fockers... that was really funny and a good example of how a child always absorbs the wrong thing.

I agree with Zorro - "Dont be surprised that a few politicians will make capital out of him."
It is unfortunate when that happens. It is purely for publicity and they come out looking like heroes. Haziq stands taller than them.

Daphne Ling said...

Hey JT,

Yes, let's all hope no tries to 'buy over' this little boy...But I trust that his parents will not allow that, for they have been so truly wonderful...

After all, throughout the interview with The Star, they asked for their names not to be published as they wanted the attention to be on Haziq...

Ah-ha! I know which publicity-seeking person you're refering to...Sad isn't it when we have people like this? But I won't say no more lest you get into a row ;)

ruby ahmad said...

Hi Daphne,

What a wonderful article. Haziq is inspiring. This is one story that puts a lot of us to shame. Tq Daphne.

I've decided to tag you for a nobel effort. Let's make it a reality for that cause. Please visit my blog to find out about it, but Daphne, if you're busy, you don't have to do it. Thank you.

ming said...

i read that, HERO!

tony -stand-up philosopher said...

Hi Daphne,
Thanks. It reminded me of 'anything is possible if we put our minds to it'. The saying 'When the going gets tough, the tough gets going'. Haziq is the epitome of this.

Daily Nibbler said...

An apt reminder to those who complain they don't have any shoes...

zorro said...

Daph, I read your good piece in Star Two today. Thanks for the tip (Star Archives)

nstman said...

Daphne, I saw your picture on Star Two today. And you know what, you are quite attractive! Keep up your good looks. By the way, i am not a dirty old man, but a dirty middle-aged man. he he he.

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Ruby,
Thanks for tagging me; I'll check out your blog!
It really is very humbling that a 12 year-old boy can teach us so much huh? Just goes to show, you're never too young to be a hero ;)I guess some people are born special...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Ming,
Thanks for visiting...Yes, hero indeed ;) Take care...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Tony,
"When the going gets tough, the tough gets going"...
You summed it up really well...We only really know what a person is like when things go wrong huh? And it is times like these that we realise this 12 year-old is made of much stronger stuff than most adults!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Daily Nibbler,

Hear, Hear! I'm guilty of complaining about shoes though ;)

Hi Uncle Zorro,

Thanks for reading it!

Daphne Ling said...

NSTman,
*Blushes* Oh dear...I looked like a bloated over-sized pau...Haha! Oh but oh well, it's a battle I lost a long time ago...

winniethepooh said...

I remembered when I was in school, my lecturers taught us that these special needs kids, they are mentally and/or physically 'challenged'. We try not to use the word 'dis'abled on them.

thanks for the inspiring story Daphne