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Mr Kamaruddin bin Ahmad was a diligent manager in a popular restaurant chain who often received glowing testimonials for his hard work and service skills. He was also passionate and active in sports. However, all these changed when he had to amputate his left leg in 2010 due to diabetes.
The 57-year-old found it difficult to accept the reality and was not ready to face the world with his newly-fitted prosthetic limb and walking aid. Thankfully, it did not take very long for Kamaruddin to straighten his thinking. The bachelor knew that life had to go on and he could not allow himself to be a burden to his family, especially his single-parent sister whom he was staying with.
At that point, he decided to put his extensive work experience to good use. Having realised he would have to take up a more sedentary job following his amputation, he took the first step by enrolling in SPD’s Certification in Office Skills, known as IT Training and Apprenticeship (ITAP) then, to equip himself with IT competencies for handing jobs in office administration. After the completion of his training, he registered with SPD’s Employment Support Programme and was shortly hired by an international engineering company to provide administrative support where he continues to work today.
In his quiet ways, Kamaruddin demonstrates strength and tenacity in overcoming his disability and making the best of the situation, “I definitely miss doing those things that I could do before the amputation. But I have also gained much. I see much care and compassion around me – from my family and friends, and even from strangers who are there with a ready helping hand. Support is out there, but you must help yourself by reaching out for it. There is life after disability. Live it to the fullest,” he said.