"First disabled senator, Prof Dr Ismail Md Salleh died on a flight from China to Singapore early today. He was 61."
This news will shocking a lot of peoples in Malaysia. The gone of the voice of disable no doubt will affect many hearts who concern on humanity and charity.
Allahyarham Prof Datuk Dr Ismail Md Salleh, who is blind, created history on 18 Deceber 2007 when he became the first disabled person to be appointed a senator.
The academician and economist, who is married and has six children, originally from Kelantan and who now lives in Kajang, has been totally blind since he was 13.
Allahyarham on the day of his appointed said with the appointment, there would now be a voice for the disabled community.
Allahyarham Dr Ismail graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York in 1973, and received his Master of Science (Economics) from the University of Illinois in 1974, before obtaining his PhD from the same university in 1977.
The Malaysian Association of the Blind (MAB) president also sits on various committees and working groups in the local and internationals levels.
Allahyarham is the International University College of Technology Twintech vice-chancellor, National Association of Bumiputra Private Colleges president and National Economic Consultative Council chief rapporteur.
Allahyarham is also a member of the National Implementation Task Force in the Prime Minister’s Department, and the East Asia International Council for the Education of the People With Visual Impairment chairman.
In 2001, in recognition of his work as well as his contribution to the country and the international community, he was awarded the Doctor of Literature from the Irish International University by the European Union.
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