POCAM, the Society of the Orthopaedically Handicapped, Malaysia, was formed in 1976 by the disabled themselves, and is dedicated to promoting the interests and general well-being of its members and other disabled people in Malaysia. It currently has over one thousand members across the country. The management of POCAM is under the control of elected members and they are assisted by voluntary helpers and four full-time employees. POCAM complies strictly with the requirements of the Registrar of Societies, and its accounts are audited regularly by a public accounting firm. On this website, which we aim to make accessible and effective, we present our Society, as well as some reference information, for our members and anyone concerned with disabled people in Malaysia or anywhere. Thank you for your visit, we hope to hear from you! ..

History of POCAM

During the seventies, though several groups of disabled such as the blind of deaf had voluntary societies working to help them, there was no such society looking after the interests of the orthopaedically disabled who are the most numerous of all. So Mr. Appu Raman, the first Principal of Pusat Pemulihan Cheras who had just retired from a senior post in the Social Welfare Department, together with Mr. Hugh Storey, another retired civil servant disabled by polio in middle life, invited a group of like-minded people to a meeting in the latter’s house on the 23rd of August 1974. They formed a pro tem committee, and made a number of basic decisions. It was agreed to form a national body at once, rather than go through intermediate stages; to be a society “of” rather than “for”; and to adopt more user-friendly policies and practices than those provided by the Social Welfare Department, who were pressed on one side by the numbers of people wishing to register, and on the other by the limited finance, manpower, and other resources which Parliament was willing to give them.

Our inaugural meeting was held a year later at Pusat Sukan Kampong Pandan on the 10th of August 1975, which we take as our birth date. We had at that time about three hundred prospective members, eighty of whom were present; and Mr. E.G. Ross, who was Director of Rehabilitation in the Department, kindly came as Guest of Honour and gave us their encouragement. However we had to wait another year until our registration was approved in September 1976, which allowed us to recruit new members and expand our activities. So in POCAM the ordinary members are disabled people, and only they can vote at general meetings; however other people are welcome as associate members, and can be elected to office or appointed to committees.

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Society of the Orthopaedically Handicapped, Malaysia (POCAM)

Dr. Tiun Ling TaContact Person
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Persatuan Orang-Orang Cacat Anggota Malaysia, Wisma H.R.M. Storey, 28/14 Jalan Perumahan Gurney, 54000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Address
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