MALAYSIA - Metro Ahad highlighted the plight of disabled Kamalru Azman Daud, 26, from Kelantan, who despite being a first-class honours graduate and a dean's list scholar, failed to get employed after 25 job interviews.
"Since I was a child, I have tried to prove that my disability is not an obstacle towards success but it is now different when looking for work.
"Most of the companies that interviewed me only looked at my disability and not my capability and ability," he said.
To add to his woes, Kamalru, who holds a medical science technology degree from Universiti Teknologi Mara, said he was hoping to land a job upon graduation last year as he wanted to help his 11 siblings and 18 other siblings from his late father's two previous marriages.
Kamalru, who was born without limbs below his left knee and left hand, said his father died in 1999 leaving his 62-year-old mother to raise the family on an average income of about RM240 (S$92.50) a month as a traditional masseuse, excluding the RM300 monthly aid from the Welfare Department.
He said he had several interviews since graduating but was not successful in landing a job.
"I had gone for an interview at a private hospital in the capital for a job as a laboratory assistant. However, the doctor who interviewed me told me that I was not right for the job as I would not be able to perform the tasks," he said.
It was reported in Berita Harian that several local drama actresses had lodged police reports recently after claiming to being cheated of thousands of ringgit in a holiday package scam carried out by a fellow actress' personal assistant.
Rita Rudaini Mohktar claimed that she had paid almost RM3,000 to the woman to go on a holiday to Hong Kong with several other artistes such as Linda Hashim, Beego, Intan and Kamal Adil, and fans.
She said the group was supposed to go on their holiday before Ramadan last year but the woman had been giving numerous excuses for repeated postponements.
"I felt uneasy as I had highlighted the holiday package to interested fans (via Instragram) who had made payments (for the trip)," she said, adding that checks later revealed that no plans had been made by the woman for their flight bookings.
Rita, who managed to get a RM2,000 refund from the woman, also claimed that local actress Julia Zeigler was also duped by the same woman to invest RM9,000 in a fictitious company.
Rita added that she and Julia lodged a police report in Gombak recently against the woman when they discovered she was trying to dupe actor Shah Iskandar RM60,000 for a holiday in Phuket, Thailand.