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SPECIAL TIME: The Spastic Children Association of Johor Laughter Club held a gathering which was attended by the Tunku Laksamana of Johor, Tunku Abdul Jalil Sultan Ibrahim

JOHOR: THE Tunku Laksamana of Johor, Tunku Abdul Jalil Sultan Ibrahim, attended a special gathering organised by the Spastic Children Association of Johor (SCAJ) Laughter Club  held at the club's multi-purpose hall in Johor Baru recently.

Over 500 people including cerebral palsy (CP) patients, spastic children, their parents, and association staff attended the gathering, which was held to celebrate the first anniversary of the club.

Joining the gathering were members of the Taman Century Laughter Yoga and 25 stroke patients from the National Stroke Association of Malaysia (NASAM) Johor branch led by the association's chief physiotherapist, Qamer Iqbal.

Also present at the event were representatives from the Malaysia Red Crescent Society (MRCS) and a group of 30 counselling teachers from Kulaijaya.

Sweetie Yeoh thrilled guests with her magic tricks at the event.

It was Tunku Jalil's first visit to the association.

He was welcomed by SCAJ chairman Tunku Yan Nazihah Tunku Laxamana Nasir, her deputy Datuk Rahmat Abdul Rahman, and other committee members.

In conjunction with the World Red Crescent Day celebration, the MRCS community services department distributed free oat porridge to all present, including CP patients.

The MRCS representatives were Lekha Nandey and Velasamy S. Pillai.

Accompanied by Tunku Yan Nazihah and other officials, Tunku Jalil distributed cups of oat porridge to each of the CP children.

A parent who wished to remain anonymous lauded MRCS's move to serve nutritious food for the spastic children.

"Oat porridge is not only recommended for children, but adults as well. If consumed regularly, it improves both physical and mental health," she said.

A NASAM member, Sapuan Yusoff, 59, was smiling after he was spoon-fed the porridge by his wife, Saemah Mastam.

Shortly after enjoying their meal, the children and other guests participated in a 45-minute yoga laughter session conducted by laughter yoga instructor, T. C. Lim.

Lim said yoga laughter is beneficial because it improves our physical and mental health, as well as have blood pressure under control.

She said: "If you laugh, you change. If you change, the world changes."

A counselling teacher, Zaiton Haron, was in tears as she spoon-fed a 10-year-old CP patient.

"I am saddened by their hardship, but the conducive environment at the association and the dedicated teachers have greatly improved the condition of CP children," she said.

In his speech, Rahmat thanked all those present for their strong support.

Tunku Jalil interacting with stroke patients from the NASAM Johor branch.

MRCS community services committee member Lekha Nandey (standing, third from right) and other guests cheering on as spastic children enjoyed as they enjoy their oat porridge breakfast.

The yoga laughter session attracted a large crowd.

Some of the spastic children who took part in the yoga laughter session. Pix by Syed Abdullah Syed Mohamed

Tunku Abdul Jalil Sultan Ibrahim (fourth from right), Tunku Yan Nazihah Tunku Laxamana Nasir (fifth from right), SCAJ officials and other guests pose for a group photograph.

Qamer Iqbal (left, front row) posing with several stroke patients.


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