“Even though I’ve lost one side of my legs, I’ll still continue writing,” said Jaspal Singh when met at his residence in Taman Suria today (October 21).
The 49-year-old had his right leg amputated earlier this year in August due to a decade-long fight against diabetes.
“Losing my right leg wasn’t particularly a sad moment for me as amputation was the only choice for me to move on with life,” Jaspal said.
“I will still continue writing as it’s my soul and expertise,” he expressed. “It’ll be a challenge awaiting.
“I’ve been in the world of journalism for 20 years now. I started as a sub-editor at Business Times for five years before becoming a news reporter with New Straits Times, until 2014. I was then offered the position of bureau chief at The Malay Mail, in which I stayed for a year and a half,” Jaspal reminisced.
Also present to visit were this scribe who’s also the chairman of Perak Media Sports and Welfare Club (KSKMP), chief of Strategic Corporate Communication and senior executive for Menteri Besar Incorporated (MB Inc), respectively, Siti Kamesah Bee Hashim and Zaharatul Nazihah Azizul; and senior journalist, P. Chandra Sagaran.
Siti Kamesah contributed a cheque of RM10,000 courtesy of MB Inc to Jaspal.
“This is a token of appreciation to Jaspal’s services towards the journalism world in Perak,” she expressed. “Hopefully, the contribution will help lighten his medical expenses.”
Jaspal conveyed his heartfelt gratitude to the state government via MB Inc, KSKMP and fellow media personnel for their kindness.
Anyone who would like to lend a helping hand as a token of appreciation for his services may do so via donation to KSKMP’s CIMB account 8601233371.