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.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Caring Ministry of PBSNS in Society

This training held on 30th June was attended by 13 participants comprising staff, volunteers and others interested in the ministry of PBSNS.  The training gave a clear foundation on what is expected of caregivers as service providers.

Rev Paul Christie, Pastor Wesley Methodist Church Seremban introduced
Pastor Wong Moi Lee, STM adjunct lecturer as our guest speaker for the day.

Pastor Wong shared her rich experiences working with young people with learning disability.  She challenged the participants to understand caring as taking responsibility to touch lives in the context of a living relationship.  She emphasized that in order to build this relationship we must see ‘others’ as created in God’s image and appreciate the uniqueness of the ‘other’.  

The one hour dynamic talk culminated with a reflective group discussion were participants were further challenged to discuss concrete steps in order to stop dumping anger on a less  ‘privileged’ person.  Participants shared their experiences and struggles as they encouraged each other.

Betsi, PBSNS trainer, presented “PBSNS Challenge” by firstly explaining what Learning Disability is and moving on to some of the common barriers that our trainees face in learning.  She challenged participants to understand that a learning disabled person’s condition does not doom him/her to failure.  As service providers it is our responsibility to find ways to maximize the strengths of trainees in our care rather than concentrate on their weaknesses.  We must create an environment that offers these young people appropriate and sufficient support by consistent encouragement and opportunities for learning. 

Peter Yew, PBSNS chairman in closing reminded the participants that our tagline; A Life Changing Experience” is a constant affirmation of our role as caregivers in society.

Trip to Zoo Negara

On 25th June 22 Trainees accompanied by 7 caregivers boarded the bus to Zoo Negara. The objective of this educational tour was to create awareness and appreciation of the animal kingdom.  To ensure that trainees have a pleasant and rewarding learning experience we opted to take the “Kingdom of Animals” a guided package especially tailored for Special Needs students.

We were greeted by 3 lively Education Officers who charmed us by their warm hospitality.  In a very relaxed and friendly environment our hosts treated the trainees with their creative, interactive, story-telling sessions and simple bio-facts presentations of familiar animals.  The package also included the impressive “Multi-animal show” at the amphitheatre and the tram ride to see the overview of the zoo.

 Among the memories brought home are the following expressions:

                                “Giraffe has a long neck.”  Edwin       
                                 “Giraffe eat leaves” Meghalah


“Elephant use trunk and eat food” – Chong
“Elephant yau sui (swimming)” – Keng Ming

                         “Bird sit on my shoulder – I like”  - Daniel

For several trainees this was their first trip to the Zoo. 

                      For Hafeedz this was his first outing to KL with friends

        "Mor mar (touch horse)  - photo – Wash hand – NICE"!! – Keng Ming

                 For Soo Hong its “monkey”  "giraffe" “elephant”

                                "Go train (tram) enjoy!!"  - Phoon

When asked what she liked most at the Zoo, Miow Yoon replied:
“Chicken Rice - Nice!”
Thank you Chicken Rice Shop for sponsoring our lunch and partnering with us.

Indeed it was a unique, fun-filled learning experience for all trainees.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

New Management Committee for 2012 - 2014

During the recent Annual General Meeting held on the 23rd June 2012, the new Management Committee was elected. They are :-

Back Row (L to R) : N. Mahendran (Committee), Chia Wing Hong (Committee), Mable Chin (Committee), Dr. Koh (Committee)
Front Seated (L to R) : Pastor Paul Christie (Advisor), Eugene Goh (Treasurer), Peter Yew (Chairman), Rebecca (Vice-Chairman), Kovalan (Secretary)

Also elected as Committee Member was Dr.Yee.

On behalf of PBSNS, we would like to welcome and congratulate them.