We are continuing to appeal to our readers and visitors to donate to our work of running two centres. The annual budget is RM120,000 (USD38,000) for 2014 and 2015 and will grow higher as we recruit more staff and take in additional trainees.

Please make payment to 'Persatuan Berdikari Seremban Negeri Sembilan' with your name and address on a cover slip so we can mail you our official receipt. All donations from April 1 2011 will be exempted from taxation by the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia. Please send the payment to:

The Treasurer, Persatuan Berdikari Seremban Negeri Sembilan, 381, Jalan Kenanga 1, Taman Bukit Chedang, 70300 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.

Thank you for your support.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Farewell, Pastor Paul

The management committee held its final meeting for the year today and its spiritual adviser, Rev. Paul Christie, attended the meeting for the last time, and gave many views about the work of the centre. Pastor Paul has been our adviser since 2005 and had offered invaluable advice. At the end of the meeting the committee presented him parting gifts of a hand made card pre-signed by trainees, staff, volunteers and committee members; a cake baked for his family; and a set of hand made cards and towel animals made by the trainees. The committee wish him all our best. Next year the incoming pastor of the church, Pastor Ronald, will be our new spiritual adviser.

Year End/Christmas Party

It has become our tradition to hold a year end/Christmas party for the trainees in particular and with staff, volunteers, committee and parents in general, to celebrate Christmas and look forward to a good year ahead. This year's event was held on December 13 (Thursday) at the centre and was well attended by 80 participants comprising trainees (22), parents (14), staff (3), volunteers (15), committee (5), guests (14) and helpers to lead in singing and games (7). The event kicked off at noon and two trainees, Sasthri and Daniel, were our masters of ceremony. Chairman Peter Yew welcomed all the guests. Corporate sponsors, Careplus Group and SCQ Industries, via their representatives, made donation cheques for the centre's work. Peter also inform the guests that Pastor Paul Christie will attend the party for the last time as he will be on transfer to another church in Penang from January 1, 2013. We arose to sing Auld Lang Syne to bid him farewell. Pastor Paul also help give away gifts to the trainees donated by Rev. Joseph Yesupatham of the Penang Tamil Methodist Church. And students from the D'Nous Academy liven the atmosphere by leading the trainees in a time of singing and dancing which they enjoyed very much. Below are some pictures recorded.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


The president of the Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association or MARGMA, Mr. K.S. Lim, visited the centre with 2 staff from the Secretariat, to understand our work as well as distribute souvenir bags to the trainees. The visitors were briefed by the chairman, Mr. Peter Yew, and shown round the centre. It is our hope that MARGMA will help disseminate our brochures to member companies to create greater awareness of our work in helping the learning disabled empower themselves to become self reliant through training and employment.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Educational Tour to Malaysia Milk

11th October 2012 marks the long awaited Educational Tour to Cotra Enterprise Sdn Bhd, Petaling Jaya, for 22 trainees and 12 caregivers.  Cotra Enterprise Sdn Bhd is the trading arm of Malaysia Milk with VITAGEN as its flagship product.

On arrival we were introduced to the various products made by Malaysia Milk followed by a video presentation of the health benefits of Vitagen.

The highlight of the trip was the Plant Tour for VITAGEN.  Trainees saw the end product of the straws that are laboriously packed at PBSNS.  The smiles expressed their sense of achievement.

All of us had to comply with the strict "Wear Hair Cap" & "No Jewellery" policy emphasizing the importance of impeccable standard of quality control.


We were treated to a range of products 

Finally we had a mouth-watering lunch at KFC.  Our heartfelt thanks to Acorn Marketing & Research Consultants (M) Sdn Bhd for sponsoring our lunch.  Our special thanks to Bro James Kumar for arranging our lunch and partnering with us. 

Trainees have come home with the following message:

     1.     Drink one bottle of vitagen a day to feel fit and healthy.
     2.   Cleanliness keeps bacteria away.
     3.   Pack 5 straws for 5 vitagen bottles!

Our Trainees – Our Pride

7 trainees - Daniel Chu, Edwin Wong, Chong Chee Gong, Sanahthani, Fang Poh Kam, Meghalha and Lee Voon Tao made us proud when they participated in the Art Competition for Special Needs People on October 7th 2012 organized by Rotary Club of Bandar Utama at SEGI University College, PJ. The theme for the competition was Peace with Love. 

The competition was held simultaneously with five other Rotary clubs. Entries were split into two age groups.  PBSNS trainees participated in category ‘B’ for those above 16 years old.  The top three in each category took home cash prizes of RM800, RM600 and RM400 respectively, along with souvenirs.  There were also 10 consolation cash prizes of RM80 each.  The top five winning art pieces in each category from all 6 states will be exhibited at the National Visual Arts Gallery from Oct 18 to 23.

This special art competition had its beginning a year ago when Rotary Club of Bandar Utama organised the first Special Needs Art Competition with the theme “Rainbow in My  Heart”. Last year  2 of our talented artists, Daniel Chu and Hidraz Shiraz participated and both came home gleaming with consolation prizes.  Challenged by last year’s achievement trainees in the Art/Craft department under the leadership of trainer Kate Siew participated in the competition and displayed their artistic talents.

All ready to display their talents!

For us in PBSNS, the highlight of the day was seeing all 7 trainees display their talent and potential in their  masterpieces. Of course greater was our joy when Daniel, Chong and Voon Tao bagged consolation prizes.  All contestants received certificates of participation.

Lee Voon Tao in action!

Daniel Chu’s neat painting clearly displayed the theme "Peace with Love".

Chong impressed the judges with the National Flag and 14 hearts!

 Poh Kam impressed the VIP guests!

Well Done!

Friday, October 12, 2012

PBSNS welcomes visitors from East Malaysia

We were indeed privileged when Rev Tee Heng Peng from Seminari Theologi Malaysia, brought Rev Chong, Mrs Rev Chong, Pastor Soo and Felica Chong from The Church of the Good Shepherd, Sandakan, Sabah, to PBSNS to understand the ministry of PBSNS.

PBSNS Chairman, Mr Peter Yew explaining the vision and challenges of this ministry.

Deeply moved Rev Chong seeks more information.

Mr Yew continues to share the achievements and aspirations of PBSNS.

Rev Paul Christie introduces Voon Tao as one of our skilled trainee.

Waiting for White Coffee being prepared by the trainees.

As we part, we encourage our visitors to consider a similar ministry in Sandakan.

Welcome - Malaysian Care

A team of 8 staff including interns from Malaysian Care visited us on 11th September 2012.  The purpose of this visit was to expose the new staff to the work done in various centres that cater for people with learning disability.  

Seeing our Art/Craft products

Sharing notes on caring at our "Chedang Cafe'"
Enjoying the Nasi Lemak made by our trainees.
We are happy to share a common vision -
Caring & Training Young Adults with Learning Disabilities.

Monday, October 8, 2012

PBSNS Training – SAFETY – Evacuation in the Event of an Emergency

On 24th August, Emergency Rescue Team members of Samsung Electronics Display (M) Sdn Bhd, conducted this training.  The aim of this training was to strengthen evacuation preparedness and to educate trainees, staff & volunteers safety procedures to be followed in the event of a fire emergency.

The event started with lunch provided by Samsung Electronics Display

Briefing on what to do in an emergency

Kean Ming being taught how to use the Fire Extinguisher.

Edwin using a Fire Extinguisher

Trainees in the Art/Craft area using back exit to evacuate

Trainees assemble away from the building 

                             Points to remember:

                       1.       Do not panic.
                       2.       Follow instruction.
                       3.    Do not run or rush to get your belonging.
                             4.    Walk slowly towards the nearest exit.
                                       5.      EVACUATE – Go far away from the building

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

PBSNS Sunday - 2012

Wesley Methodist Church Seremban, our founding church, designated 19th Aug 2012 as PBSNS Sunday.  Our guest speaker Rev Dr Joseph Komar, STM Lecturer & Pastor, Methodist Church spoke on “Transforming Lives”.  He pointed out that transforming involves spiritual & social dimension as such it is imperative that Christian communities translate God’s love into the lives of the socially marginalized people.

Peter Yew, PBSNS Chairman and liturgist for the day updated the congregation on the work/activities of PBSNS.  He thanked the congregation for their loyal support and invited both existing as well as new partners to support this community service. 

Following the service,  products made by PBSNS trainees were sold.  Our thanks to WMC Seremban congregation, for the overwhelming support.