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MPDA Head Recognised - By Anthony Thanasayan

It was truly a proud moment not only for the Malaysian Parkinson's Disease Association but for all people with Parkinson's and their caregivers when our President, Sara Lew Lai Heong went up the stage to receive the Rotary Club's coveted Vocational Service Excellence Award 2008 recently.

The presenters of such a high honor came from the Rotary Club K.L West on 23 October last month.

The function was held at the Royal Selangor Club, Kuala Lumpur.

Our President was among four other distinguished honorees who received similar recognitions for their outstanding services to the local community.

Sara receiving the award from the Guest of Honour, YB Dr. Tan Seng Giaw (Member of Parliament of Kepong). Beside her are Rotarian Dato' Dr. Jekinder Singh Gendeh (on her right) and Rotary KL West President Paramjeet Singh Dhesi.

We would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to our President for her untiring work with our association over the 13 years that she has served us.

Sara Lew with the Recipients, Special Guest of Honor and Rotarians of KL West. From L-R: The Rotary's Sargeant-in-Arms, Sara Lew, Shirley Tan (President, Persatuan Kanak-kanak Istimewa, Ulu Langat), Rotary KL West's President Paramjee Singh Dhesi, YB Dr. Tan Seng Giaw, Harjit Singh Hullon (RTM's TV Presenter), Dato' Haji Halim Bin Haji Ibrahim (MAKPEM), and Karam Singh Walia (TV3 Journalist & Environmentalist) and Rotarian Dato' Dr. Jekinder Singh Gendeh.

Sara Lew's recognition has certainly helped bring about more awareness to the public about the indispensible role that caregivers play in helping people with Parkinson lead positive lives.

Long live the MPDA!
Anthony Thanasayan

A quick profile of the MPDA President:

  • Sara holds a B.A.( Hons) degree majoring in Sociology and Anthropology from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
  • Was Branch Manager of a local bank, from 1998 to 2003.
  • Currently a Master's degree student in English and part-time lecturer in University of Malaya.
  • Sits on the Board of Directors of MP Insurance Brokers Sdn. Bhd.
  • Sits on the Expert Committee on Disability (Ahli Jawatankuasa Kerja Teknikal Untuk Kemudahan Orang Kurang Upaya) of the Petaling City Council or Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya (MBPJ). She is adviser on issues on Parkinson disease and their caregivers.
  • Sara has served four terms as Secretary and one term as President (2000-2002) in the MPDA. Her current post as President has been effective since 2006.
  • Sits on a number of NGO groups involving people with disabilities and the local community. They include the Spastic Children's Association of Selangor & F.T, and the Pudu English Girls' School Association where she serves as an adviser.
  • Is a founding and committee member of Petpositive, Malaysia's first national animal-assisted therapy society for the disabled and the elderly.
  • Last but certainly not the least, Sara is caregiver to her father who has had Parkinson's for 20 years.