At the tender age of seven, Kamarzaman Harun was struck down with mumps and a high fever. He has been hearing impaired ever since.
"Now I cannot hear anything … except thunder. I can only hear thunder," said Kamarzaman.
Kamarzaman, 50, is one of three founding partners of Kymoasia Sdn Bhd, a printing and advertising company run by the deaf.
Married with three children, Kamarzaman completed his secondary studies at the Federation School of the Deaf in Penang where he met his wife, Marliza Mat Din.
Before starting his own company, Kamarzaman had experience working in other sectors as well.
"I was a drafter at an architecture firm for 10 years but I wanted to be independent and start my own business," he explained.
"I had the academic qualifications to enter public universities but there was less acceptance of the deaf," he said.
Although he did well in the written entrance exam, he could not get past the interview section.
"They said they couldn't accept me because public universities back then did not have proper facilities for disabled persons," he added.
"Alhamdulillah, things are easier now," said Kamarzaman.