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Name: Saiful Hisyam Md Salleh
Bank: Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank)
Account number: 164490308486
My name is Saiful Hisyam and I am 35 years old. I am married and have a six-year-old daughter. I first received my exposure in the media industry in 2004 when I studied for my diploma at one of the colleges in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After I finished my studies in 2006 until now, I have joined many media agencies and have assumed many roles.
This includes my role as a cameraman for a local TV station, a videographer for an online portal and recently an online editor at one of the major newspapers in Malaysia. Besides that, shooting documentaries is also one of my fortes.
This a photo of me covering a humanitarian mission in Kanem, Republic of Chad, Central Africa.
Based on that experience, I am truly thankful that I have been offered a place at the best journalism school in the world, Cardiff University to pursue my Master’s Degree despite not having a degree scroll under my belt.
Although I am dying to go as this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, sadly, I do not have enough savings to realise this dream of mine. I have applied for scholarships from several institutions but the results have been negative because I am just a diploma holder although I have an offer to pursue my studies in Masters.
This is the offer letter I received from Cardiff University. There is also an application number for your reference. Sorry, I have to blur the home address for privacy.
I have previously published a short documentary film about stray cats and dogs to raise awareness on the issue within the society. It has won several awards and this has given me the motivation to produce more documentaries in my effort to highlight the plight of the marginalised community. Below is the video of my documentary, ‘A Stray Hero’.
Below is my plan of studies and what I’d like to focus on throughout my stay.
|Detailed Plan of Study
As a journalist with nearly 12 years of experience, I was often exposed to political, criminal, sports and entertainment related news. Apart from that, animal rights also got a place in my heart as this issue often goes unnoticed in my home country. This has prompted me to produce a short documentary on stray dogs and cats in an attempt to raise awareness among the public a few years ago. With the the success of the documentary, I feel compelled to study the problems plaguing the people with disabilities as a way for me to contribute to the society.
According to the Malaysian statistics, there are 420,201 of people with disabilities registered with the social welfare department as of March 31, 2017. But I believe the total figure could be much higher as it did not take into account of those who have not registered with the department.
The statistics also indicated that the highest registered category for disabled persons was the problem of learning (146,809) followed by physical, visual, mental, hearing, and speech. There are currently 271,425 men with disabilities and 148,777 women with disabilities.
Based on my observation, the statistics show that people in general are still unaware of the importance of this community in the society. This is because the facilities meant for the disabled are still lacking in Malaysia. To date, there has been no initiative to establish a school system meant for autistic children, who will face difficulties in securing a job when they enter adulthood.
Therefore, I would like look into the issue of the disabled people in Malaysia and compare it with the existing policy in the UK. At least, the lawmakers in my home country will be more sensitive in tackling these issues.
Subject Theme: Access, inclusion and opportunity
My interest has always been toward helping the marginalised community whom I believe has not been on the receiving end of policies that are favourable to them. I fully believe that the harmony of a country depends on an efficient and impartial policy.
For this study, I would like to focus on people with disabilities which are often discriminated and classified as ‘low-caste’ by some people. This problem occurs even in my country where I find that there are not many disabled friendly facilities and locations.
I would like to produce an educational documentary on this issue by comparing the situation back home with other developed countries or developing countries to serve as an eye-opener to the lawmakers so they could focus on helping this community.
Discrimination against this community is also due to lack of exposure and ineffective sets of policies in addressing this problem. It is like a cancer that cannot be cured because of a weak policy system.
This includes autistic children who are often left out from the education system, which many think is not as important. I could learn a lot about the policies concerning the disabled people in the United Kingdom as the nation has a better understanding their plight and hardship. While it is true that there is no perfect policy, I believe even a small change is a step forward to achieving the goal.
My tuition fees cost £16,650. For monthly expenses, including rent, utilities and groceries, £1,200 a month is enough for the three of us. For 12 months, I will need around £14,400 and the total amount including the tuition fees is £31,050. As for the flight tickets, I am finding out ways on how I could use my own savings and I would like to be as prudent as a I can with the money received.
I realise that what I am asking for is rather much and it is quite difficult to achieve. But I will not stop trying. Many have asked why I am persistent in going. And this is not for me, but for the generation to come. My involvement in the journalism industry has driven me to make the voices of the people heard. Your generosity will forever be remembered until the day I die.
Saiful Hisyam Md Salleh