“I have made Malaysia proud so many times. I’ve worked so hard for the country and competed in seven Paralympics. I have made a lot of sacrifices for this country. And this is what I get,” Mariappan Perumal, Malaysia’s first Paralympic medalist, said about his experience as a disabled person in Malaysia.
Mariappan had Polio when he was a child which left him immobile from the waist down. He went on to become a decorated powerlifter, taking home numerous awards and two bronze Paralympic medals for his country during his career. But as he aged and was no longer able