Friday, June 19, 2009

Today, inside my bubble ...

STRONG IN ADVERSITY
By Wong Li Za
[Extracted from The Star ~The People's Paper on 18 June 2009]

Despite suffering from a bone condition Datuk Sim Ooi Hong went on to become a lawyer and was awarded the Outstanding Young Malaysian Award in 2001.

HAVING brittle bones is no deterrent to lawyer Datuk Sim Ooi Hong who was born in Tanjung Sepat, Selangor.

Sim, 40, was born with a congenital bone condition called osteogenesis imperfecta and fractured a bone for the first time when he was just 40 days old.

In his life, he has fractured his bones over 70 times.

As a child, Sim would move about by crawling on the floor using his hands and buttocks.

At the age of 13, he went for two major operations on his lower limbs where doctors inserted stainless steel plates into his tibia.

The operation helped him regain the use of his legs, fulfilling his first dream.

Despite coming from a poor family background, (his father is a bricklayer and his mother a housewife), Sim graduated from the University of London (External) with an LLB (Hons) in 1995.

He went on to obtain a Certificate in Legal Practice (Hons) from Universiti Malaya in 1996. After doing his chambering in Malacca, he set up his own legal firm in Banting, Selangor, in 1997 at the age of 26.

In 2001, Sim was awarded The Outstanding Young Malaysian Award and in 2002, the Taiwanese Government honoured him with the Asia Pacific Outstanding Young Person Award.

“I am glad to have the chance to inspire many young people with my story since winning the TOYM award,” said Sim, who has four siblings.

Sim has served as legal advisor to a number of associations, societies and temples. He has also provided free legal services and advice to the media.

He received his Datukship in 2003 and has since published an autobiography in Chinese entitled I Must Stand Up. Sim continues to give various motivational talks throughout the country.

“No matter how hard life is, don’t give up, and you can do better than you expect,” he advised.

Sim retired from legal practice last year to spend more time on charity work and also to indulge in his hobbies such as drawing comics, travelling, reading and tea appreciation. He is also chairman of the Shuang Fu Christian Association.

Currently, he is working on the second part of his autobiography and also hopes to help disabled people be self-sufficient by being involved in business.


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this is such an inspiring story my friend - what the human spirit can do! and never give up, even if under such medical condition life isn't all roses and moon shone... and thanks for sharing it :)

Isn't it amazing what human spirit and a strong will can do? Now, if only those people who think they have no future because they weren't given a chance can realize that chances aren't given but earned then we'll have more inspiring people to look up to instead of young delinquents to lock up.

Thank you all for sharing your views. Life is just how we make of it ... bad, good or the best, we make the choice.

I can only hope that our posted views and writings and our very own personal actions will somehow motivate others in some ways or other.

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Datuk is exactly the kind of inspirational people that I want to write about in my blog. Thank you for sharing his life as he is a reminder of an immense awareness in one's well-being and those of other people.