KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 2017 : Nobody could have guessed that the 50 students who sang and dance in the ‘Semarak Biru’ (Light It Up Blue) programme at Dataran Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur last night are autistic children.
The students and former students of Permata Negara Kurnia programme captivated the audience of over 2,000 at the event held in conjunction with World Autism Awareness Day 2017 which falls yesterday.
The programme’s director, Dr Sazlina Kamarulzaman said it was not difficult to train children between the ages of three to six years.
“We took only a month to train these children to sing and dance. Society needs to change the attitude towards autistic children as they have the same potential as normal children,” she told Bernama yesterday.
Also present at the programme’s launch was Kuala Lumpur Mayor, Datuk Seri Mhd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz.
Dr Sazlina, who is also a teacher with Permata Kurnia said the programme is expected to raise public awareness on how to handle autistic children.
Meanwhile, the father of one of the participants, Mohd Azli Sani,39, said the event gave the public the opportunity to understand autistic children and build their confidence.
“Encouraging children with autism to socialise is very important for their development. As such, the role and involvement of all parties is important.”
Meanwhile, Sabahanim Mohd Noor,43, said she saw many positive changes after her child joined the Permata Kurnia programme a year ago.
“Now its easier to communicate. I can understand what she wants and control her tantrum. It is important for parents not to give up,” she added.
The ‘Semarak Biru’ programme organised by Permata Kurnia is part of the Permata Negara programme under the auspices of the prime minister’s wife, Datuk Seri Rosmah Mansor. – Bernama